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Vol. LXV, No. 1 



January 2, 1943 





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Another Year 

By Frances Ridley Havergal 

Another year is dawning, dear 

Master, let it be 
In working or in waiting, an- 
other year for Thee. 
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast, 
Of ever deepening truthfulness, of quiet happy rest. 
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,- 
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face. 

Another year of progress, another year of praise. 
Another year of proving Thy presence "all the days.' 
Another year of service, of witness for Thy love; 
Another year of training for holier work above. 
Another year is dawning, dear Master, let it be 
On earth, or else in hHeaven, another year with Thee. 



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INTERESTING ITEMS 



WE CALL YOUR ATTENTION to the announcement on 
page 16 of this issue. The next issue of The Evangelist will 
be largely devoted to the matter of Publication Interests. The 
date which is set for the receiving of this offering is, as 
you see by the announcement, January 24th. So you see the 
time is short to make preparation for this important matter 
of offering. Be thinking about it. The offering should, like 
all the other offerings thus far, be larger than that of last 
year. We are depending on every member to do his or her 
part. 



AND SPEAKING OF PUBLISHING INTERESTS, what 
has your church done toward getting on the 100% roll of 
churches ? At the present time the score remains the same. 
Note it below: 

100 PER CENT CHURCHES 

1. Vinco, Pa. (Second Year) C. Y. Gilmer, Pastor 

2. New Lebanon, Ohio W. C. Berkshire, Pastor 

3. North Manchester, Indiana . . J. Raymond Schutz, Pastor 

4. Ashland, Ohio ., L. V. King, Pastor 

5. And now WHO answers to this number ? ? ? ? 

We have the assurance! that there will be others in the 
100% column very soon. IThis is indeed encouraging, for 
more and more subscriptions is what we need. Keep them 
coming. 

WE ARE MORE THA.V PLEASED with the number of 
reports that are coming ftom the various churches. You will 
note that in the last several numbers there has been a fine 
increase in the churches that have sent in reports of their 
activities. This is what the people want and we urge that 
the correspondents of the churches throughout the brother- 
hood send in items of interest as often as possible. There 
are still some churches tha, have not sent in any report for 
months. Get in line and senc them in. The readers are looking 
for them. 



— NOTE THE ANNOUNCIMENT OF NEW TRACTS on 

^ ^) N T E N T S page 10. The tract distribuf on depends on the membership 

of the church. In accord witi the action taken at last Gen- 

" ^^^^^^^^^^""^"^^^^^^^^^^^ eral Conference new tracts vill be making their appearance 

n eres ing Items 2 at regular intervals for you; convenience in spreading the 

New Year— We Must Face It With Confidence— doctrines of the church. Buy them— Use them. 

Editorial— F. C. V 3 ^=z=^=====^=^=^^=^^^^== 

The Grandeur Of Service-Rev. Freeman Ankrum 4 CORRECTIONS FOR CONFERENCE ANNUAL 

"194.3" H. A Gossard c Please make the following ctrrections or additions to your 

conference annual number of 'he Evangelist. This will help 

College and Seminary News— President E. G. Mason 5 you to keep your address list u]-to-date. 

With the Laymen r- Church Secretary for Roann, Indiana, changed to : 

Lloyd R. Miller, Rt. 1, Wa.ash, Indiana. 

Phihppians 2:14-16- Part II— Rev. L. A. Myers 7 r„, , ■ u* ti, fn ■ •*-* j .c 

I'iyeia ( Through an oversight the fallowing was omitted from 

For Thoughtful Reflection 8 ^'^^ officiary of the Indiana Dist-ict: 

1171. i ^ i-i 1 ^, , x^ „ Statistician — C. D. Whitmer 

What Constitutes a Church Paper-Rev. J. G. Dodds 9 g„„th Bend, Indiana. 

Prayer Meeting Department 10 Should there be others that hae been omitted or changes 

r\ r^u-u I T^ ^ i that should be made, feel free t) write to the Conference 

Our Children's Department 11 „ , , ,,.,. . -,,,,, j, j 

Secretary and additions or correctons will be gladly made. 

Wedding Bells \\ However, all additions to the miilsterial list should be made 

Laid to Rest 19 ^^ order of the various District C«iference Secretaries. 

L. E. Lindower, 

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NEW YEAR 

We Must Face It With Confidence 



As we usually use these two words they become 
the signification of a definite time — the beginning of 
another year as marked by the calendar under which 
we, as a people, operate in our daily living. It marks 
the closing of one calendar year and heralds the be- 
ginning of a-vjther. It is met with varied emotions 
• — a sense of failure to obtain ; a knowledge of faults 
unchanged; fears from the past; hopes for the fu- 
ture ; a step forward in the darkness ; a wonderment 
as to the possibilities and opportunities to be faced. 
Resolutions are made, which, 
alas, may soon be broken; joys 
are anticipated, which may 
soon turn to sorrows, or may 
continue on into full fruition. 
It is neither fraught with 
assurances, nor doomed to fail- 
ure. What lies before is 
wrapped within the individual 
who faces it, and he and no 
other possesses the answer. 

It is thus that we ordinarily 
view New Years. It is tradi- 
tionally kept and soon forgot- 
ten. It eventually becomes "just 
another day." A day to be lived 
and then left behind, either 
brightened by loving deeds, or 
darkened by thoughtless activi- 
ties. 

New Year Day bij Day 

But every day may be the beginning of a New 
Year. Indeed that is exactly what it is. We might 
go even farther and say, "Every moment of time 
opens up the vistas of a new year — a year ahead. 
For yeai-s are not merely twelve months, or fifty- 
two weeks or even three hundred and sixty-five days. 
Years are begun and ended in moments that pass 
like the twinkling of an eye ; and are like the cease- 
less ticking of a clock which may seem to say, as 
the pendulum swings from side to side, "Old, new — 
old, new," in constant monotony, marking time with 
relentless calmness, giving but opportunity for pres- 
ent actions. 

But deeds are not always marked by the tick of 
the clock. Some acts of life are timeless. We cannot 
mark their beginning nor trace their end. Human in- 




fluences find their efi'ects in lives, not in time alone 
but throughout eternity. 

This Year 

We have entered into a year that differs immeas- 
urably from any other time the human race, since 
the birth of Christ, has seen. A world at war — not a 
small war, but one that embraces the entire world. 
One that has been called a "global conflict." That 
war is testing the very foundations of civilization. 
It is a conflict between the forces of good and those 
of evil, with an evident attempt to stamp out the last 
vistas of the Christian faith. But careful consid- 
eration of the words of our Lord Jesus Christ gives 
us a faith that this can never be accomplished. For 
He has said that His words 
shall never pass away and that 
the church which He has estab- 
lished here on the earth shall 
never perish. 

And so, while we enter into 
this year of war and interna- 
tional unrest that is appalling, 
we can rest assured that right- 
eousness will in the end prevail 
and that God will not permit 
the stamping out of that for 
which His blessed Son gave His 
life. 

Optimism 

Why should not this year in- 
to which we have entered be a 
year of optimism? As one has 
recently said, "Put your hand 
into the hand of God and go out into the future with 
assurance." That is the only solution to the problems 
of today. It is time to quit looking backward and go 
to looking forward and upward. A backward look is 
always a desolate thing. No one is satisfied with what 
they have accomplished during a year that is passed. 
But the forward and upward look ever carries a 
bright and hopeful gleam. True, it may be ofttimes 
overshadowed with clouds, but in the end the sun 
shines out through the rifts that are sure to come. 

So, having entered into this year of 1943 we find 
ourselves faced with opportunities and obligations, 
the like of which we have never faced before. But 
we can face them with fortitude, not in our own 
strength, but in the strength of Him who came to 
give Himself for all of us. 

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Perhaps no one living today has had a part in an 
age which has manifested such kaleidoscopic varia- 
tions as the present one. Less than the fingers of a 
hand marking the passing of the years will show 
world wide geographic changes. Nations which have 
stood in honor and grandeur have fallen. Countless 
peaceful inhabitors of the earth are today homeless 
or dead. Freedom is in chains, the weeping of Rachel 
for her children rises to new heights. All this has 
been forced upon an unwilling people because of no 
desire for the rendering of service. Had the words 
of the text which are basic in this article been con- 
sidered we would be spared the ruin of a world, and 
the ashes of destruction. The text to which refer- 
ence has been made is that of Matthew 20:26 to 28 
where we have stressed the parts of true greatness. 
The two words which stand out prominently are 
those of Minister, and that of Servant. As is plainly 
stated, the Son of man came not to be ministered 
unto but to give His life a servant's ransom. 

The ills of the present time may readily be placed 
at the feet of men who have no desire to give their 
lives, but to preserve them however worthless they 
may be and to sacrifice the lives of innocent unfortu- 
nates. There has been no desire to be a servant, but 
to demand service. There has been in their minds no 
desire of contributing benefits by the office of one 
who ministers, but one who orders the administering 
of others to himself. It is a long way from the ser- 
vant of the Upper Room to Dictator hiding and 
cringing in his fortified retreat, knowing full well 
that only a matter of time will mark his end and a 
tyrant's grave, if he is afforded a grave at all. 

The plowman wending his weary way home at 
the close of the day is fully conscious of the fact 
that he has traded strength for service ; time for ac- 
complishments untinged with human selfishness. 
The forefathers who came to the shores of America 
looked beyond their immediate families and visioned 



a country where service may be a part of the free 
life of the land. There is no service without freedom. 
Our pioneer ancestors were well acquainted with 
this fact. 

It might be well to consider in this connection the 
words of our Lord in John 8:36, where He states 
to those who sang of freedom but were in chains, "If 
the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be 
free indeed." The lands from which they sailed, were 
enslaved, religiously as well as in every other phase 
of life. America has become strong and the envy of 
countless millions as a land of desire, because of the 
principles of the Servant and Minister. There are 
many today who will recall the service rendered to 
unfortunates at the close of the other world holo- 
caust. Children fed, homes restored and the wrongs 
of war righted as far as this could be physically 
accomplished. This was done with no desire for pe- 
cuniary gain by Christian America. In this statement 
we realize that there is a question as to whether 
America deserves the name "Christian," nevertheless 
we are forced to realize that had there not been the 
Gospel of the serving and ministering Christ 
preached and known in America, the needy places 
of Europe would have been bereft of America's aid. 
Service is the antithesis of selfishness, Ministering in 
the light of the Man of Galilee leaves no room for 
greed. There comes to mind the tragic end of the one 
of the Lord's disciples who so far eclipsed the part 
of a servant or minister by his covetousness that to- 
day his name is, after centuries, mentioned with 
odium — Judas. If America has had or ever shall 
have greatness, it can only be because of service. 

The minister of Jesus Christ who comes to the 
end of a long day and useful life, usually has little 
of this world's goods to tide him through the evening 
shadows. However he does have a conscience of a 
life well lived and a service rendered to great num- 



January 2, 1943 



bers during his ministry. The measure of a man 
when his shadow no longer silently glides to and fro 
on the earth is not in the stocks or bonds, or the 
material wealth left, but the appreciation of those 
who have been recipients of his service. Few men 
have been remembered for that which was tangible, 
when they took their departure, but for the intangi- 
bles. For indeed the things which are seen are tem- 
poral and the things which are not seen are eternal. 
Dorcas, for whom many classes of service have been 
named, was as far as the writer knows, unpossessed 
of enough property to be worthwhile making a will 
at the time of her death. There were brought in the 
hands of her mourners, and these not likely hired 
mourners, tokens of her service and sacrifice. Were 
financial attainments to be the desire of one enter- 
ing the Lord's service, as a Minister, it would be 
better that he reconsider and enter into some of the 
regular channels of the business world. While we 
grant that the laborer is worthy of his hire, and 
that cei'tain needs must be met in the only way that 
a society in which we live has provided, these things 
should not at least be foremost in motivating a choice 
of a life work. 

Where there is no idea of service, we find no hos- 
pitals. Where the idea of ministering is not a part 
of a nation or people, we find no humane organiza- 
tions of any kind. The old law of survival of the fit- 
test rears its ungodly and selfish head. The preach- 
ing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in pagan Rome 
preceded the passing of those laws which caused 
Rome to stand out on the pages of History, as the 
very contributor of law to the world. Slowly Rome 
turned from receiving service to rendering service 
to the helpless. 

It was no easy task to preach a service Gospel 
to the greatest Nation of the time, but it was done 
with worthwhile results. The Declaration of Inde- 
pendence would likely never has been wiitten had 
not those men been recipients of one hundred and 
fifty years of Christian teaching and preaching. The 
lasting things in America (and what suffices for 
America will be suitable for other lands) may be 
readily traced to a Gospel foundation. A Gospel base 
cannot be separated from ministering and service. 
A speaker of world wide note recently made this 
statement in the Pennsylvania State Sunday School 
Convention at Uniontown, Pennsylvania in the hear- 
ing of the writer, that: "the future belongs to those 
who belong to Christ." With no thought of taking 
exception to this statement, it may well be said that 
those who belong to Christ must take the place of 
the servant, as He taught them in the upper room. 
We will then be conscious of the realization as the 
same speaker said, "That I am unbeatable and un- 
breakable as long as I am with Him." 

— Masontown, Pa. 



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By H. A. Gossard 

I am but Time, yet I am firm as truth. 

I change things — yes, I cause both age and youth. 

I have resolved to give the world my days; 

To serve all life thru God and Nature's ways ; 

To bless mankind with all God blesses me; 

To grant no time for strife — I'd keep man free! 

To all that lifts man up I'll bow a bit 

With throbs of love and hope to rythm it. 

In evei'y prayer for peace I pledge to play 

My part in wafting it upon its way ... 

I am but Time, yet I am as true as truth. 

I antedate all things, — yet, I'm a Youth . . . 

And curse themselves oft as they use me wrong. 
Folk bless the world oft as they use me right ; 
As Servant, I rest neither day nor night. 
As King, I rule the universal throng. 

— Lanark, Illinois 



Coliese and Seminary 




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Dr. E. C. Mason 




News from College Hill is too easily put off because the 
press of routine and ever present problems constantly push 
the preparation of news from the Hilltop into the back- 
ground. Dean Haun's leave of absence to the University of 
Minnesota this year has made it necessary for a few mem- 
bers of the staff to absorb portions of his responsibilities in 
addition to their regular loads. Late readjustments due to 
the resignation of Dr. Seehoffer in Business Administration 
and due to course demands pertinent to the war effort have 
taken much time. Regardless of these handicaps, the work 
for the year is going forward nicely and smoothly. 

Our attendance at the opening of the year in September 
was down about 8% which is about the national average. The 
freshman class was 17% larger than last year but the upper 
class registration was 20% lower. The total registration for 
regular students was 200 and 10 have withdrawn so far to 
go into the armed services. Our yearly budget for the first 
semester is balanced but it is very difficult for us to antici- 
pate what the conditions will be during the second semes- 
ter. With the draft age lowered to 18, there will likely be 
a great reduction of the number of men in college. 

We had anticipated that we would have a considerable 
increase in the number of College women this year but it did 
not work out that way. It seems that the demand for women 
in industry and government jobs affects the decision of girls 
to go to college as much as the patriotic appeal has affected 
the men. All colleges face the same problem and are much 
concerned over the probabilities of attendance in the future. 
If the Colleges are faced with greatly depleted enrollments 
and with increased expenses of operating, the task of keep- 
ing them functioning becomes increasingly more difficult. 



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It is equally difficult to hold staff members because they 
too are attracted to industry and government positions. 

In spite of the difficulties faced, the Colleges must keep 
on or else higher education will suffer and it will take years 
to overcome the handicap when peace again returns to the 
world. Higher Education is necessary to progress in any field 
of activity but higher education alone can neither lead the 
world back to peace nor provide a permanent peace. The only 
answer seems to be found in Christian Higher Education 
wherein the purposes and motives of all education are thor- 
oughly imbued with the Christian Code of Ethics and the 
Christian philosophy of life. The greatest source of this type 
of higher education is to be found in the Christian Colleges 
owned and supported by the various religious denominations. 
The particular responsibility of the Brethren people in this 
regard rests with their loyalty to Ashland College and Semi- 
nary. 

We are peace loving and want peace to return as soon as 
possible but it is apparent that an all out war is the only 
way to get it. The Selective Service now includes all men 
from 18 to 4.5 and it may be even extended further before 
the war is over. Women are urged strongly to displace men 
in industry and in government positions and there is a pos- 
sibility that the woman power of the country also may be 
subjected to selective service. We are in a war now and we 
are getting into it deeper every hour. 

The College is therefore trying to do its part. We are ac- 
cepting enlisted reserves among our students so that they 
may continue in college and are offering the courses they 
need for training. The combined Army-Navy-Marine procure- 
ment committee came to our Campus, November 5, to present 
to the College men the requirements and opportunities for 
officer's training in each branch of the service. By the time 
this news reaches you, the Combined Recruiting Committee 
will have been on Campus to enlist students in the reserve 
corps enabling them to complete their college work if the 
exigencies of the war does not make it necessary to call them 
before graduation. It must be understood that any student 
who desires to take the stand of a conscientious objector, no 
effort is made by any one to change his mind. But to refuse 
to present the opportunity for the continuance of the college 
course in preparation for officer's Candidate school, is unfair 
either to the country's needs or to the needs of Christianity. 
Therefore, we are doing what we believe to be best. We be- 
lieve that if the world is to be made better, we must keep our 
College and Seminary going to keep alive the cause of Chris- 
tian leadership and example. But we dare not allow the God- 
less enemies of justice, law and order to overwhelm us. If 
war is the only way out and it seems that it is the only way 
out, then we must bring it to a successful conclusion as early 
as possible. 

Now to leave the problem of the College in its relation to 
the world situation faced, let us return to the campus itself. 

Our homecoming on October 24, was a success even though 
we did not have a football game. The physical education de- 
partment furnished the entertainment with an exhibition. 
Many who returned to the Campus considered it to be one 
of the best homecomings they ever attended. Dr. W. D. Furry 
of Sharpsburg, Maryland, visited the Campus for the first 
time since he left as President twenty-three years ago. He 
expressed great pleasure in the progress the institution has 
made in that time and his friends were glad to have him 
bring the Homecoming sermon at the Park Street Brethren 
Church on Sunday morning. The Footlighter's Club presented 
the Homecoming play "Brief Music" at the High School Audi- 
torium Saturday evening. 

The students and staff are carrying on their programs as 
usual. The Campus organizations especially the Christian or- 



ganizations are particularly active. The Gospel teams have 
made a number of trips to Churches but the gasoline situation 
may make it quite difficult to continue an extensive program. 

During the first week in October, Dean Ronk and the writer 
attended the Central District Conference at Milledgeville, Illi- 
nois and the writer attended the Mid-West District Confer- 
ence the same week at Falls City, Nebraska. Both confer- 
ence programs were very good and quite well attended. While 
enroute. Dean Ronk preached in Waterloo and the writer 
spoke in the North Manchester and Nappanee Churches and 
was the Homecoming speaker at the Morrill, Kansas Church. 

Prof. Stuckey delivered a week's Bible Lectures at the 
Elkhart, Indiana Church during the second week of October. 
Prof. Lindower held a two weeks' meeting at Bethlehem and 
Mt. Olive Churches in Virginia the second and third weeks in 
September. Dean Ronk held a meeting in Lanark, Illinois 
during the week before Easter. Prof. Stuckey served several 
churches during the same week. 

The Financial Campaign is moving along but not much 
work has been done since National Conference. The Central, 
Mid-West, Indiana, and Ohio District's are partially com- 
pleted and the returns for this year are approximately 
$12,000 in cash and pledges. Many of the Subscribers will 
duplicate their gifts or pledges in 1943. The work will con- 
tinue and we count upon reaching our goal. Certainly the 
Brethren people should stand back of their College and Sem- 
inary. Money will help but we want students too. We need 
recruits for the Ministry so urgently. We should have a stu- 
dent at least from each Church next year and many should 
be candidates for the Ministry. The draft is taking a heavy 
toll of our potential ministers and we need new recruits 
badly. Every Church member and every pastor can help to 
boost for the Campaign, for prospective students and espe- 
cially for prospective ministers. The Educational Day offering 
now has passed the $3,000 mark. It shows improvement, but 
is far short of our goal of $1.00 per member. 

In the campaign for an Operating Reserve fund and in our 
appeal annually for an educational day offering we have tried 
to place the goals within easy reach of the entire church 
membership. To reach our goal for the reserve fund we set 
the approximate average for each church member at $10.00 
for two years or $5.00 for 1942 and $5.00 for 1943. The goal 
for the annual Educational Day offering is set at $1.00 per 
member. These goals are conservative and certainly within 
the reach of the great majority of Brethren families. To 
make up for those who cannot afford these amounts there 
are many who are able to give much more than the average. 
In that case our general average for the campaign for funds 
and for the annual educational day offerings should approxi- 
mate the figures set up as goals. If each member should 
plan for it, it could be done easily. 

Since our last report, the death of Dr. J. L. Clahk, one 
of Ashland's leading citizens and a staunch supporter of the 
College occurred. Dr. Clark, a former student of the College 
was brought up in a Brethren home and later joined the 
Lutheran Church. He was outstanding as a lay leader in his 
church and was very active in community affairs even up to 
a few months before his death. He was an active member 
of the Board of Trustees of Ashland College for the past 
twenty years. Both the city of Ashland and Ashland College 
have lost a real and true friend. 

Recently, the college received substantial gifts of several 
hundred valuable medical books for the College Library from 
Dr. Malcolm Miller of Goshen, Indiana. Dr. Miller is a grad- 
uate of the college and the son of Mrs. J. Allen Miller. 
He is now in the army as a Medical officer with the rank of 
Major. From Mrs. L. L. Burns, the Seminary Library re- 
ceived several hundred books from the library of her father. 



January 2, 1943 



the late Rev. A. L. Garber who passed away several months 
ago. Rev. A. L. Garber was one of our pioneer ministers and 
the founder of The A. L. Garber Publishing Company. From 
Bro. J. A. Rishel of Pittsburgh we recently received the 
cement approaches to the gymnasium. Bro. Ira Wilcox of 
Pittsburgh gave $1,000 for the Operating Reserve Fund for 
the Pittsburgh Church. We are grateful indeed for these sub- 
stantial gifts. 

We are doing our utmost here to solve our problems, and 
they are grave ones, but must depend heavily upon the real 
owners of the College and Seminary, the Brethren Church at 
large. Gifts like these are very helpful. 

Brethren people may also give through annuities and 
through bequests in their wills. We shall be very glad to fur- 
nish the necessary infonnation if you will write to me for it. 



^ With the Laymen ^ 

Prof. Allen R. Thompson, National President 
Carl E. Mohler, News Editor 



SOUTH BEND, INDIANA 

As a member of the Laymen's Association of the 
Northern District of Indiana I would be very inter- 
ested in seeing news from our District meeting pub- 
lished in The Evangelist. Hoping I am not intruding 
on any one, I am sending the following report of the 
last meeting. 

It was held at Goshen, Indiana, December 7, 1942. 
At 7:00 p. m. we were served a very fine dinner by 
the ladies of the church. Music was furnished by 
three Goshen High School students. Following the 
dinner a quartet of men from the Goshen College 
sang several selections. 

The speaker of the evening was Dr. L. E. Lin- 
dower of Ashland Theological Seminary. He gave a 
very fine talk. 

Following the speaker we held election of officers. 
Mr. Sam Sharp of Nappanee was elected President ; 
Mr. Lewlyn Swintz of South Bend, Vice President 
and Dart Bemendefer of Goshen, Secretary-Treas- 
urer. 

The meeting was closed by the singing of one 
verse of the song, '"Till We Meet Again" and prayer 
by Dr. G. W. Rench of New Paris. 

A layman Brother, Lewlyn Swintz, 
923 Logan Street, 
South Bend, Indiana. 



If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I 
would not fear a million enemies. Yet the distance makes no 
difference. He is praying for me. — Robert Murry McCheyne. 




PHILIPPIANS 

2:14-16 




If we put off repentance another day, we have a day more 
to make up. — Selected. 



PART II 



Rev. L. A. Myers 



The object and aim of such a spirit is to become blameless 
and harmless, with an unflickering example shedding its in- 
fluence upon the world. This scripture is an exhortation to 
continued progress in the Christian life. 

Paul writes to the Corinthians (II Cor. 3:18), saying, "But 
we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of 
the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to 
glory, even as the spirit of the Lord." If men obey God in 
all things gladly, with the spirit of meekness and persever- 
ence, they will become blameless. Others will find no ground 
of censure in them. Thus the inner life will be pure, real 
and sincere without mixture of evil or selfish motive. Sim- 
plicity of character is essential, for God seeth the heart. 

These Philippians were his children and were to present 
no spots upon which the eyes of the critical generation might 
rest. For every spot there is always a shadow. The shadow 
is evidence of an opaque nature through which the light can- 
not pass. Upon this cause of the shadow the critical eye of 
the "scornful" falls, obscuring the light by its scorn of exist- 
ing goodness. Their lives were to be marked, not so much by 
a mere absence of fault, as by a conspicuous exhibition of 
all those positive graces that are identical with the fullness 
of the Word of Life, manifesting its beauty to the world. 
Thus the saints are to be "Living Epistles of Christ, known 
and read of all men." The life of a Christian should be a 
transcript of the Word of God, to which it could be referred 
at any time, giving needed information on the subject it bears. 

Christians should be good examples. Jesus said, "Ye are 
the light of the world." Others watch them. They attract 
the attention of the surrounding world. They are to shine 
forth as luminaries in a dark and perverse society. Nearly 
all the light that fills the world is reflected from a million 
lights around and does not stream down directly from the 
sun. Similarly, Jesus is the supreme source of all light. He 
is the Sun of Righteousness, but his light is also reflected 
upon the world by millions of hearts that he has enlightened 
and blessed. Therefore the saints of God should remember the 
voice of old, "Arise; shine, for thy light is come and the glory 
of the Lord is risen upon thee." 

There is a necessity for this shining power. These light 
reflectors, these spiritual examples are in the midst of a 
crooked and perverse generation. Although Paul refers to the 
"bigoted Jews and Gentiles," yet his words are applicable 
today. It is the world as distinguished from the Church which 
lives outside and around it in perverseness and wickedness. 
The world is the sphere of the Church — a world which is 
corrupt in its aims, in its spirit, its practices, theories and 
institutions. The Prince of darkness is its ruler. "He worketh 
in the children of disobedience." In this society there are 



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dark souls, dissatisfied \vith their plight and yet unable to 
find contact with the light. The Church is the Light House. 

The light is in individuals. It is focused and concentrated 
in Christian men and women. The truth influences the world 
through the presence of persons who hold it forth. It is not 
the general illumination of the church, but the particular 
light of each Christian that enlightens the world. Every 
Christian is a distinct luminary. Each individual is a light 
They do not shine in their own goodness, merely to shed 
abroad their own notions. They are lamps and God's Truth is 
the flame. Christians, then, like the Jews of old, have the 
custody of the oracles of God. But not merely in the literal 
sense of possessing the Bible. Rather they declare and in- 
terpret the truth of revelation by manifesting the character 
and power of it in their own lives. The truth thus revealed 
is the Word of Life. It is a vital truth, the secret of Christian 
Life, the presence of life to the world. 

The Church has made too much of orthodoxy, to the neg- 
lect of goodness. We may have the best oil, and yet, if the 
lamp is out of order the flame will flicker vainfully, and if 
the glass be foul the light will be dull. If the head lights of 
the automobile are to light the highway ahead to the point 
of safety for all, the reflectors and lenses must all be clear 
and bright. Every spot will throw a shadow in the stream 
of light and thus obscure the vision. The lamp must also be 
perfect, \vith no shorts or disconnections and the candlepower 
must be sufficient to use the necessary energy of light re- 
quired to reveal the road. It is the heart of man and his per- 
fect equipment to throw light to dispel darkness. There must 
be no spots. Do all things without murmurings that ye may 
become blameless and harmless sons of God. Christians may 
have the pure word of life within them, but they will hold 
it forth clearly to the world only when the lamp is trimmed 
and the glass is clear; when their own life is healthy and 
no earthly-raindedness will check the flow of di\'ine radiance. 
Nothing is more fatal to the clear shining of the Christian 
light than quarrels among Christians. Love in the church is 
the essential condition to the light of the world. She receives 
light that she may give it to the people that sit in darkness. 
This is the eifective way of commending the Word of Life 
to the world. Moreover, whether we shine well or ill, the 
eyes of the world are upon us. Brotherly love in the heart 
of a Christian is always essential to good light. 

Here is revealed unto us the proper conception of the 
Church's duty in the world: "Go ye therefore and teach all 
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of 
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe 
all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of the world." The World, 
away from God, is sick, helpless and in the dark, with a dark- 
ened soul — lost. We are responsible for a lost world, con- 
demned because of its own fruitage. "Ye shall receive power 
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be 
witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem and all Judea and 
Samaria and thence to all parts of the world." These are 
Jesus' last words to the disciples assembled at Jerusalem 
and they undoubtedly carried equal importance with that of 
any other teaching he gave. If this is not our task, then 
pray tell what is our task. 

Jesus' commission to his disciples is his charge to us to 
teach the world by precept and example to observe the 
things, whatsoever they were, that he had commanded. It 
is possible that we do not know the commands sufficiently 
to teach them and exemplify them before men. He said, 
"Know ye what I have done unto you? Ye call me Master 
and Lord and ye say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord 
and Master, have washed your feet, ye ought also to wash 



one another's feet. If ye know these things, happy are ye if 
ye do them." Who besides Brethren should know more about 
the significance of this symbolical teaching? Jesus said, "I 
have given you an example that ye should do unto each other 
as I have done unto you." 

"Do all things without murmuring and disputing that ye 
may be blameless and harmless, sons of God in the midst 
of a crooked an perverse generation, upon whom ye shall 
shine as light to the world, that I may rejoice in the day 
of the Lord." 

Oak Hill, W. Va. 



For Thoughtful Reflection 



Inasmuch as religion is the very foundation of democracy, 
and inasmuch as a nation is no stronger than its ideals and 
its spirit, we declare that every man's place is in the House 
of God on the Sabbath Day. For that one day, at least, a 
church pew is in the front line of the nation's defense. And 
the loyal and patriotic citizen is in his pew, drinking in the 
spirit of confidence and faith, that he may be able to face 
the fact of his nation's peril unafraid. — Christian Advocate. 

"Uncle Bob" Davis said of a preacher he had just heard, 
"He reminded me of a pig shaking a shuck on a frosty morn- 
ing. No corn." — James H. Felts, New Orleans Advocate. 

"The Omnipotent has sown his name on the heavens in 
glittering stars, but upon earth he planteth his name by ten- 
der flowers." 

In answer to the question, "What is a prime minister?" a 
pupil wrote : "A prime minister is a preacher at his best." — 
Watchivord. 

"It is finished," repeated a dying saint, and then added, 
"Upon that I hang my eternity." — Dr. Ironside, in "Except 
Ye Repent." 

Drink is commercially our greatest wastrel; socially it is 
our greatest criminal ; morally and religiously it is our great- 
est enemy. — Dr. Albert Schiveitzer. 

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Ashland College, ;^ 

Ashland, Ohio ) 



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Editorial Comment 



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What Constitutes a Church Paper? 

Bij Rev. J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasure}' 
The Brethren Publishing Company 



Our editor asked me this question recently and it 
is worthy of consideration. 

THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST is the only re- 
ligious magazine published particularly for the 
Brethren Church. Its chief task is to keep the church 
membership informed in our church news, doctrines, 
institutions, activities, growth and progress ; and to 
help inspire with greater zeal unto increased Chris- 
tian efforts toward Kingdom advancement. The 
Brethren Evangelist is the Official Organ of The 
Brethren Church. 

In response to my i-equest, several lay-people of 
the Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church (of which 1 
am pastor) have written brief answers to the above 
question. Insofar as space allows, I am herewith 
giving portions of these replies. 



3. I have been asked to write one thought or para- 
graph on what constitutes a church paper. My per- 
sonal opinion is "News from the various churches 
of the Brotherhood." It is interesting to read of the 
different church activities, and progress made in the 
various fields. This type of information helps us to 
be more interested and enthused in having our local 
church do her part in strengthening our home base 
spiritually, reaching our goals, and winning souls 
for Christ. 

—Mrs. H. S. Rutt 



I. A church paper, as the official organ of the 
church, holds a position unattained by any other 
paper or magazine. It is sent into homes of like faith 
and welds them together for unity. It teaches, it in- 
fluences, and molds the spiritual thinking of its read- 
ers. Contributing writers, who are the Church lead- 
ers, should make it a guide to the laity upon church 
problems. Through its pages Church Doctrines can 
be effectively emphasized. Our church paper, too, 
needs to be as attractive as possible, to catch and 
hold the attention of its readers, so they may gain 
the message and truths it contains. 

— Mrs. H. J. Amstutz 



2. The church means the Brotherhood-at-large. 
The church paper should contain subject matter of 
interest to eveiybody, both young and old. (a) It 
should print news from all the churches in the Broth- 
erhood, which I think at present is all too scarce. 
It is interesting to know what is being done in other 
churches. This news and the Mission numbers are 
much liked, (b) Sermon topics and C. E. programs 
for the young people are fine, (c) As we learn by 
seeing as well as hearing, more pictures of Sunday 
Schools and classes might help to make our church 
paper more attractive. 

— Boyd Hostetler 



4. I wish to compliment our Publishing Company 
on the cover page of each Evangelist; I would also 
commend the article on page 13 of No. 46, "An Ex- 
cellent Suggestion from Pittsburgh." Such are in- 
spiring and interesting to both young and old. I 
think it would be fine to have at least one missionary 
letter from the field with portrait in each issue, 
that all may learn to know our missionaries better: 
this would help to cause us to bring into His treasuiy 
our gifts of life and money. We also need more news 
from all the local churches. 

Of course the pages of a church paper should show 
forth the living Christ made real to the Christian 
and also to the sinner. Thus it will be strong influ- 
ence upon a 100% subscription list. The Publication 
Board should be remembered both by our prayers 
and our gifts, as it promotes the general welfare 
and Spiritual life of the Church. 

— Mrs. J. C. Weigley 



5. A church paper is one which teaches the in- 
spired Word just as Christ would have us teach it, 
without adding to or taking from, and not as man 
thinks but as Christ commands. A church paper 
should also contain many brief articles written by 
godly men ; and it should print much good and inter- 
esting news from the churches. Such a paper will be 
a real inspiration to all Brethren to go forward and 
aim to accomplish more in the service of their Mas- 
ter than they have ever done before. 

^, Ashland Theological ybrar^f^ 



Mrs. D. L. King 



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One point upon which all agree is that a church 
paper should contain much news of the work of our 
Brethren in every field. (In many local congrega- 
tions the pastor does most of the reporting ; in other 
churches a corresponding secretary is elected, in 
which event the reporting of news is largely the re- 
sponsibility of the elected church corresponding sec- 
retary.) I note further that a church paper should 
also contain instruction in doctrines, Christian liv- 
ing, and soul winning, in addition to articles of in- 
spiration. Pictures that are informative of achieve- 
ment and progress always present a challenge to 
other like groups. 

In presenting this article I am endeavoring to sug- 
gest to all who read it, that you support the program 
of getting The Brethren Evangelist to become a reg- 
ular weekly visitor in every Brethren home. Quoting 
from an article by Rev. W. E. Ronk on page 12 of the 
Evangelist of November 21st, such work "is not the 
mere support of a mere Board, but is your support 
of the church. The church must go forward to big- 
ger and better things, and I know it is possible and 
I know that it will, because I have assurance that 
you are going to look to the Lord for leadership and 
that we will follow wheresoever He leads. May the 
Lord bless us as we pray and as we live." 

— Smithville, Ohio 



proof of what happened in the third chapter of Genesis. Gen- 
esis 3:14; Genesis 3:16; Genesis 3:17, 18, 19. 

7. Satan's first step to introduce sin into the world was to 
promote doubt in the mind of Eve. "Hath God said?" "Are 
you sure God said that?" Satan must get us to doubt God's 
word before we are ready to believe the devil's lie. Genesis 
3:1. 

8. lEve argued with the serpent, which is a very poor method 
of procedure. She also misquoted what God said. She left ; 
one word out, and added five words of her own. Then she was 
ready to believe Satan's lie. Genesis 2:16, 17. 

9. Next Satan called God a liar. "Ye shall not surely die," 
he said. Pseudo-science, modernism, and a number of other 
"isms" are today calling God a liar. To question the virgin 
birth of Christ, to deny his Deity, to reject the fact of his 
resurrection, to scoff at his second coming, and to deny the 
inspiration of the Bible as the word of God, is equivalent 
to calling God a liar. The punishment is the same condemna- 
tion as is pronounced upon the De\al. 1 John 2:22; 1 John 5:10. 

10. The third step in Satan's introduction of sin into the 
world was to tell a half-truth. "Ye shall be as God, knowing 
good from evil" Satan's half-truth is worse than his lie. Wei 
all know what is good, but we can't do it; we all know what I 
is evil, but we can't resist it, except as we do the good and I 
resist the evil through Christ. The teachings of all false re- 
ligions contain half-truths. One of Satan's most damnable i 
tricks is almost to tell the truth. Genesis 3:15; 2 Corinth- 
ians 5:17; 2 Peter 2:1. 

(Continued next week) 



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PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Prmjer Meeting Topics 



SUBJECT: THE CAUSE OF THE WORLD'S MISERY 

1. The world, and all in it, was created perfect by God. 
The first two chapters of the Bible gives us a graphic picture 
of the earth in its unfallen glory. No cloud was in the sky, 
no storm on the sea. And man, the Creator's masterpiece, 
dwelt in the Garden with perfect body and untroubled heart. 
Man's soul and spirit was in perfect fellowship with God. 
Genesis 1:31; Genesis 2:1, 2. 

2. The last two chapters of the Bible show a picture of 
the earth's future glory. Man, redeemed and saved, appears in 
the midst of the world in perfect harmony with the Creator. 
Revelation 21:1; Revelation 21:22-26; Revelation 22:5. 

3. The earth at present is in anything but the perfect con- 
dition described in the first two, and the last two chapters 
of the Bible. It is filled mth violence, distress and despair. 
Sky, earth and sea are filled with roaring, flaming death. 
Romans 8:22; Isaiah 24:20; Luke 21:25, 26. 

4. Why should there be all this pain, sorrow and distress? 
Why should creation suff'er so ? What is the cause ? Romans 
3:23. 

5. Satan introduced sin into the world: but he could not 
have done it without the consent of man. Genesis 3:1-6; 
Romans 5:12-14. 

6. The sliding serpent, the travailing woman, the sweated 
laborer and the thorny undergrowth are constant infallible 



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As new tracts are added to the list they will bei 
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Our Children's 
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'i' Mrs. Lopetta Carrithcrs 

,i| Superintendent 



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Dear Children: 



In winter time in houses sometimes people put flowers in 
their windows and try to grow them through the cold months, 
and it makes a very great difference which windows the flow- 
ers are put in. If you want to see how this is so, go look at 
a flower which has stood in a window toward the south, and 
then put it beside a flower which has stood in a window that 
looks to the north. One, even in the winter time, will have 
its stalks green and healthy, and perhaps little budding leaves 
here and there. And the other will be thin and shrivelled, 
with dry stalks and scarcely any sign of life. 

It is easy to understand the reason. The flower in the north 
window has been where the coldest winds could sift in around 
the window panes and chill it, and no sunshine has ever 
fallen upon it because the sun always went by on the other 
side of the house. But the flower in the south window has 
been bathed day after day by the sun light, and all the life 
within it stirred at that warm touch. So one flower grew, while 
the other was limp and bare. 

There are a great many people in this world whose lives 
are like flowers set in north windows. They never really have 
a chance to grow and bloom. The cold winds of unkind criti- 
cism sift in and blight them. The good sunlight of encourage- 
ment goes by on the other side. I suppose the flower in the 
south window never realized what a hard time the other 
flower had. It was so much in the sunlight itself that probably 
it never could think how dreary it would be to stand where 
the sunlight never fell. It had such a fortunate lot of its 
own that perhaps it would think that all flowers had that 
same happy chance. And there are a lot of us who live in 
south windows, and who have love and kindness fall on us 
like the sunlight, and every good chance to blossom and grow, 
who may not stop to think of the boys and girls who live in 
north windows, with bad homes, and too little to eat, and 
worst of all, too little love. 

Now the beautiful chance which we have that the flower 
does not have, is that we can help to change conditions for 
the boys and girls who are in the hard place. The flower in 
the sunny window cannot help the flower in the gloomy one, 
even if it wanted to, but we can. We can change things for 
the flower and we can change things for people, just as Jesus 
did when "He went about doing good." We can put them into 
the places where they will have a chance. We can go out after 
the lonely boy and girl and bring them where the sunlight of 
friendship will shine on them. We can take the ones who are 
shrinking in themselves because mean things are said about 
them and pour the warmth of our own encouragement around 
them. We can make life all full of sunny windows if we choose 
for any number of unhappy people, and it will be wonderful 
to see the lives that looked shriveled begin to grow and 
bloom. 

Now, even tho the Christmas season has passed, we can do 
much to teach our playmates w-hat the real Christmas is, for 
many, many boys and girls do not know. Since our country 



is in this terrible war there will be many boys and girls who 
will have few or no toys and Christmas pretty things, but 
if they know the story of Jesus and that Christmas is not 
just a day for Santa, but in memory of the birth of our 
Savior, Jesus Christ, they can be happier than any one with- 
out Him. 

We do hope you may each one have had a very happy time 
at Christmas, but we pray, too, that each one of you have 
remembered the real Christmas and Christ's love for us. 
With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta, 
27-5 Harker St., Mansfield, Ohio. 

"Bottles and rags! Bottles and ragsl" cried a man with a 
push cart as he went from door to door buying up discarded 
articles. "Why do you put the two together?" asked a house- 
wife of the old junkdealer. "Because they go along together," 
was his reply — Dr. Paul F. Holdcraft, Otterbein Teacher. 



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PLATT-LIDDICOAT. On July 6, 1942, at Walla Walla, 
Washington, I joined in marriage our younger son, Alvar 
Bryce Piatt and Mary Liddicoat, in the presence of Brother 
and Sister J. W. Hathaway at Camp Walla Walla. 

Alvar Bryce is the youngest of three children of Mr. and 
Mrs. Wesley Piatt of Ripon, California. The bride, Mary 
Liddicoat, is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Lid- 
dicoat of Sutter Creek, California. Both young people are 
members of the First Brethren Church of Manteca, California. 

On October 7, 1941, Alvar Bryce was drafted into the Army 
Air Corps and was sent to the Army Air Corps Technical 
School at Shepherd Field, Wichita Falls, Te.xas, where he 
graduated on May 7, 1942, as an airplane mechanic. He was 
then shipped to the Boeing Flying Fortress School in Seattle, 
Washington, for further technical training on the B 17F, 
completing that phase of his w-ork on May 30th. Then to 
McDill Field, Tampa, Florida; then to the Army Air Base, 
Walla Walla, Washington. It was there we went to visit him 
in the company of his bride-to-be, and Brother and Sister 
Hathaway attended them. 

On the following day we all returned to our homes leaving 
our soldier boy in the care of his God and our God. Mary 
returned to her school work in San Jose. In a few weeks she 
returned to Walla Walla to be with Alvar Bryce till he was 
shipped to Ft. Dix, New Jersey. While I was at General Con- 
ference at Ashland, he passed through Mansfield — so near 
and yet so far. On September 5th he left New- York and ar- 
rived in England about the 12th. 

Mary is now in Sacramento in a secretarial position at 
McLelland Air Field and Alvar Bryce is probably in Eng- 
land. He may be addressed by any friends as follows: 

Pv't. Alvar Bryce Piatt, 39082742, 

323 Bombardment Squadron, 81st Bbt. Group, 

A. P. 0. 634, Care Postmaster, 

New York City, N. Y. 
The good wishes of their many friends and relatives ac- 
company these two young people and their church wishes 
them God's richest blessing and a speedy reunion as it may 
please Him. 

J. Wesley Piatt. 



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Laid to Rest 



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KING — Reuben C. King departed this earth life November 
14, 1942, after having been bed-fast for twelve weeks. Nearly 
two years ago he had a stroke which kept him from much 
of the activity of life that he loved so much. Brother King 
was born on a farm just north of Orrville, Ohio, on Septem- 
ber 4, 1867. His age was 75 years, 2 months and 10 days. 
He united with the Church of the Brethren when a young 
man; later he united with the Brethren Church at Zion Hill; 
then in 1920 when the Zion Hill Church began the work in 
Smithville, he continued as an active member there. 

On October 17, 1893 he was united in marriage with IWalin- 
da Steiner. Surviving are his wife and the following chil- 
dren: Glenn D. King, Cleveland; Mrs. Robert Freshe, De- 
troit, Mich.; Howard King, Monroe, La.; Mrs. Myron Steiner, 
at home; and Miss Beulah King, Cleveland. 

Because of his physical inability Brother King got to the 
services of the church only occasionally. When our Communion 
was held in October this year, it was the writer's happy 
privilege, as pastor, to assist him in this most sacred service. 
Even though he was bed-fast he rejoiced in the service. 

During the last twelve weeks, he suifered considerable 
pain. At times when the pain was severe, he and his good 
wife would sing the hymns of the church together, and read 
the Scriptures. 

Funeral services were held from the Smithville Brethren 
Church Tuesday, November 17th with the writer in charge. 

J. G. Dodds. 



SPEARS — Mrs. Clamenia Josephine Spears, daughter of 
Isaac and Ruth Watson, was bom September 9, 1866, in 
Carroll County, Indiana, and departed this life on December 
4, 1942, at her home in Cambria. She was 76 years old, adding 
a few months and days. 

She was united in marriage to Daniel Michael in 1891, 
and he departed this life in 1897. In 1906 she was married 
to Mr. Benton Spears, who survives. Two children by her 
first marriage, Russel Michael and Mrs. Ruth Kirby, of Cam- 
bria, and three grandchildren remain. Also she has two broth- 
ers. Perry Watson of Carmel, Indiana and Huff Watson of 
Cutler, Indiana. 

She was a long-time member of the Cambria Brethren 
Church and had been in poor health for over two years. 

Funeral services were held in the Cambria Brethren Church 
on Sunday, December 6th. Rev. Powell of the Presbyterian 
Church assisted the writer in this service. 

W. R. Deeter. 



KEIM — Matilda Rose Keim, daughter of Samuel and Cris- 
tene Bayles, was born in Miami County, Indiana, May 2, 
1863, and departed this life on Tuesday, December 15, 1942, 
at the Peru Nursing Home. She lived for many years at 
Deedsville, Indiana. She was 79 years, 7 months and 18 days 
of age. She was a member of the Roann Brethren Church 
for many years. 

Her husband preceded her almost three years ago. She 
leaves two daughters, Mrs. Harvey Porvines, of Roann, and 
Clara, who makes her home with the Provines. 

Funeral services were held at the Enterprise Church of 
God on Thursday, December 17th. Rev. Smith Rose of Roann 
assisted the writer. Burial near by. 

W. R. Deeter. 



BOWERS— Jacob Cephas Bowers was born March 26, 1889, : 
at Woodside, Nicholson Township, Fayette County, Pennsyl- 
vania. He dropped dead in the office of a local physician 
where he had gone for medical attention, on November 16, 
1942. He was aged 53 years, 7 months and 10 days. 

He is survived by his widow; Sergeant Clyde Bowers, ; 
across the seas, and Oscar of the home. 

"Ceph," as he was familiarly known, had been a member \ 
of the Brethren Church for over 20 years and had filled nu- 
merous offices of trust. He had been in all services the day ■ 
preceding his death. His sudden departing was a shock to i 
the community and to his numerous friends. 

Funeral services were held in the Masontown Brethren i 
Church by his pastor, the writer. Pallbearers were from his i 
Sunday School class. Burial was in the near by cemetery. 

Freeman Ankrum. 



LILLY — Mrs. Martha Lilly died at her home in Bessmer, 
near Masontown, Pennsylvania, on November 20, 1942. She 
was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, January 10, 1861. 
She had been a member of the Brethren Church for over 
fifteen years. She was an invalid for a number of years ' 
preceding her death. 

She leaves to mourn her passing, eleven children, forty- 
one grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildden. 

Services were held in the Christian Church at new Salem, 
Pennsylvania, by the writer, her pastor. Burial was in ai 
near by cemetery. 

Freeman Ankrum. 



DAVIS — Charles Perry Davis, son of Sidney and Irene: 
Davis, was born August 10, 1881, in Delaware Township, 
Ohio. He departed this life on September 17, 1942, at thai 
age of 61 years. In 1912 he was married to Mary Elizabeth' 
Marquart. To this union was born two sons, Robert Royce,; 
who died in infancy, and Elwood Floy, who died at the agei 
of eight. Besides the widow he is survived by two sisters, 
Mrs, Ethel Riegle of Arlington, Ohio, and Mrs. Inez Krout^ 
of Mount Blanchard, Ohio, and two brothers, Harley Davis 
of Mount Blanchard, and Pearl Davis of Sherwood, Ohio. 

Mr. Davis was a member of the First Brethren Church of 
Williamstown, Ohio, and was loved and honored by all who i 
knew him. 

James lE. Ault. 



NEER — Andrew J. Neer, son of John W. and Anna Miller 
Neer, was born in Logan County, Ohio, October 30, 1872, andt 
departed this life September 19, 1942, at the age of 69 years. 
He is survived by his wife, Ida Kaylor Neer, whom he mar- 
ried February 27, 1896; three daughters and one son. They 
are Mrs. Banner Bush, Mrs. Paul Hines, Mrs. Elmer Buchen- 
roth, and Ezra Neer, all of Bellefontaine vicinity. He also 
leaves five grandchildren and three sisters. 

He was a faithful member of the Gretna Brethren Church 
with which he united in 1898, and has served as Deacon foj 
the past twenty-five years. He was loved and honored, his 
humbleness being a symbol of the Christian life he lived. He 
was an ardent supporter of Missions. 

James E. Ault. 



PECK— Elias T. Peck, son of George W. and Sarah Maus) 
Peck, was born December 18, 1869, at Myersdale, Somerset 
County, Pa., and departed this life, following an operatioi ^ 
in a Falls City, Nebraska, Hospital, on November 6, 1942 
at the age of 72 years, 10 months, and 18 days. He cam< 
with his parents to Richardson County, Nebraska, when hi 
was about a year and a half old and spent his entire life ii 



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this vicinity. He attended the schools of this section and 
then attended McPherson College, being a member of the 
first class of that school. Following the completion of his 
education he taught in the public schools of this county for 
eighteen years. He was elected Trustee of McPherson College 
and served in that capacity for about twenty years. 

He became a Christian when he was about twenty years 
old and united with the Church of the Brethren, Silver Creek 
Church. Early in his Christian life he was elected to the office 
of Deacon, which office he held and faithfully served to the 
time of his death. He served as Sunday School Superintendent 
a continuous term service for fifty years and at the time 
of his death was the Honorary Superintendent of the Falls 
City Brethren Sunday School. He served as president of the 
Richardson County Sunday School Association for a period 
of ten years. He was president of the Silver Creek Cemetery 
Association, and served several terms on the local school 
board. 

He was elected to the Nebraska State Legislature and 
served in that office in 1931 and 1932. 

His entire life was one of service to others, serving in 
whatsoever capacity he could, always putting the work of 
the Church and kindred interests first; the evidence of his 
loyalty to his Master. 

On May 1, 1902, he was united in marriage to Anna May 
Keller in Somerset County from whence they returned to 
make their home on the farm six miles northeast of Falls 
City. To this union were born three children. One son, Leon- 
ard, died in 1918. Surviving are his widow, one daughter, 
Miss Bernice Peck of Chicago, and one son. Dr. Willard Peck, 
Marine Medical Corps, San Diego, Calif. Besides these he 
leaves two brothers: Cleon Peck, Falls City, and Lloyd Peck, 
Reserve, Kansas; and two sisters: Mrs. Maggie Miller, Water- 
loo, Iowa, and Mrs. Ira Kinrig, Beatrice, Nebraska. 

Funeral services were conducted in the Falls City Brethren 
Church by the writer. Interment was made in the Silver 
Creek Cemetery. 

Cecil H. Johnson. 




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LOUISVILLE, OHIO 

We always enjoy the reports of the doings of our Brethren 
in other parts. However it seems that for some time all at this 
place have been too busy to make a report of ourselves. 

In these testing and troublesome days we are trying to 
keep the Home Fires burning, spiritually; and to do our 
part wherever possible. During the past summer this church 
allowed their pastor to do some work for Ashland College and 
Seminary, visiting Ohio Churches in the interests of the Re- 
serve Financial Campaign. This work will be completed in 
the Spring in Ohio. 

Our absentee members are greatly missed this Fall and 
Winter. Eighteen young men have gone for government serv- 
ice and two more will leave before this is in print. A very 
attractive honor roll with each man's name inscribed upon it, 
hangs in the church. Also seven college students — six at Ash- 
land and one at Capitol and three of our teachers are away, 
except for vacations. We try to keep in touch with these 
folks by prayer, church bulletins and correspondence. 



For more than a year we have tried to stop Brother John 
Locke, of Virginia, at Louisville, at least long enough to get 
acquainted. We were finally successful and had the joy of 
having both Mr. and Mrs. Locke for Thanksgiving week, as 
they were enroute to Bryan, Ohio, for special meetings. The 
one week with the Lockes at the parsonage and the church 
was too short. The congregation did a lovely service in help- 
ing to entertain at the parsonage and in their homes. Brother 
Locke is a forceful and persuasive pi'eacher, and his pictures 
from the Holy Land brought real blessings to the congrega- 
tions. Our only regret was that they could not remain for 
another week. The closing day was set for Home Coming. 
Morning, afternoon and evening services were held. Due to 
work and to lateness of this event in the season, the attend- 
ance was not quite as large as last year, yet all acclaimed 
it to be a wonderful day of fellowship and blessing. Brother 
Frank Clapper of the Canton congregation and Brother L. E. 
Lindower, pastor of the Canton Brethren Church, each gave 
short messages at the noon hour. Also the male quartet from 
Ashland College sang several numbers to the very great de- 
light of their audience. It was nice to report, too, that four- 
teen Ashland students were here for the day. 

Since our last report five young people have been added 
to the membership by baptism. 

On a recent Sunday night the Louisville High School 
Chorus of 48 voices presented a delightful Christmas service 
in our church. Next Sunday evening our own people will 
offer a miscellaneous Christmas program. 

A blessed New Year to all. 

E. M. Riddle, pastor. 



MEXICO, INDIANA 

The Season's Greetings to the Evangelist Family. 

We pray the love of Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, 
may bring joy and peace to every believing heart. 

Notwithstanding the fact that there e-xists much unrest 
and perplexity about us, the Mexico Church has kept the 
faith "once delivered unto the saints." This faith has been 
manifested by the work that has been accomplished. On the 
eleventh of October we. had our annual Home Coming: Sun- 
day School and preaching in the morning; bountiful meal at 
the noon hour, and in the afternoon a good program, with a 
thought provoking address by Brother Bert Hodge of Flora, 
Indiana. 

On the eighth of November our Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety held a public service. Our State President, Mrs. Russel 
Rodkey, gave an inspiring message. 

On the ninth of November our revival commenced and 
continued for two weeks. Brother C. A. Stewart was our 
evangelist and Mrs. James Stockdale of the Church of the 
Brethren was our song leader. Brother Stewart surely 
preached the Word with boldness, even as did the apostles 
of old. The membership of the church was edified and brought 
nearer to the cross of Christ Jesus. We were happy to see 
three young girls make the good confession. 

Brother Arthur Tinkle is our faithful and consecrated pas- 
tor, and he assisted all he could in every service. 

May God keep us faithful until He comes. 

Mrs. Charles H. Black, Cor. Sec. 



STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA 

Sunday, Nov. 29th the Stockton Church celebrated the 
paying off of the bank loan which had been granted on the 
modest building erected less than two years before. Monthly 
payments had amounted to $50 and the ability to meet these 
promptly month after month calls for thanks to the Lord for 
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Vol. LXV, No. 2 



January 9, 1943 



Publication Day Number 




The Brethren Pubhshing Company 

Home or Brethren Literature 



Official Organ 
of The Brethren Church 



sTOuxiii 'eiiTAaSpaiiTH 



The Brethren Evangelist 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Published fifty weeks of the year at 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING CO. 

ASHLAND, OHIO 

PRUDENTIAL COMMITTEE 

W. E. Ronk, President 

J. E. Stookey, Vice President 

J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 

MANAGING EDITOR 

F. C. Vanator 

EDITORS 

Rev. W. E. Ronk, Dr. C. F. Yoder, Dr. C. A. Bame, 

Editor Missionary Number 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Dr. W. S. Bell, Dr. George S. Baer, Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Rev. Claud Studebaker Rev. Frank Gehman 

Dr. R. F. Porte 

Terms of Subscription. $1.50 per year in advance 

Change of Address. In ordering change of address 
always give both old and new addresses. 

Remittances. Send all money, business communica- 
tions and contributed articles to 

The Brethren Publishing Company, 
Ashland, Ohio 

Kntered as second class matter at Ashland. Ohio. Accepted for maiUng 

at special rate, section 1103, act of October 3. 1917. Authorized 

September 3, 1928. 



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INTERESTING ITEMS 

THE EDUCATIONAL TASK OF THE CHURCH 

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What the Brethren Church of tomorrow will be like, will 
depend upon what she is taught today and the sense of loy- 
alty which is inculcated. All of the main interests of the 
Church, except one; are primarily educational in nature. The 
College and Seminary, the Missionary interests, and the Pub- 
lication interests are first of all educational, although it is 
fundamental that the Evangelistic spirit should pervade them 
all. (The one strictly benevolent interest is the Benevolent 
Board, which support the Home at Flora, Indiana, and the 
superannuated ministers.) 

It is the duty of these agencies, apart from general educa- 
tion, to teach the things which have made us Brethren, to- 
gether with any new views or interpretations which may be 
presented from time to time. Both the old and the new should 
be fully and freely discussed in more or less public fashion. 
Such free discussion may be made public through the church 
paper. 

The Church has seen much of loss and of tragedy during 
the last twenty-five years, and it has been largely due to a 
lack of loyalty to the ideals, beliefs, and practices of the 
Church, in high places. Those who are familiar with the facts 
know this to be true. This is not said merely as a criticism 
but as a warning for the present and the future. Our lead- 
ers should write for the Evangelist, and the membership of 
the Church should read the articles. Thus the Church paper 
becomes the medium for exchange of ideas and educational 
force. 

OUR NEW BUILDING 



^^^^— ™^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^"™"^^ We are indeed proud of our new building, which is at once 

^ ^^ N T E N T S beautiful (in a quiet way), ample for our needs for years to 

^_^^^^--— -— ^^^^^^^^^^^^^— ^^^^— — ^^^^^^^^^^^ come and very well located, just across the street from the 

J . .. y, o College campus. This new building shows the vitality of our 

Do We? The Answer is "Yes."-Fred C. Vanator 3 '^''^^^ i" ^P"« "^ P^^* dissension and division. 

Progress— Rev. J. G. Dodds 4 OUR OFFERING 

Gleaned Here and There- W. E. Ronk 5 we are asking for $5,000 offering for this year and we 

Churches Contributing the Ten Largest Publication ^^^^ ^j^^^ ^^^ g^^j ^^^ ^^^ reached. The writer has been much 

interested in looking over the offering of last year. Look over 

Christian Education, Now and Later — Dr. E. G. Mason .. 8 , , .„, , „,,,,,,.,, 

the ten largest gifts (see page 7); then look for the amount 

Gas Rationing and Church Attendance — , . , , , „ , , ^, , , , . , 

n r>i 1 A R 10 which your church gave. Set your local Church goal high, 

Our'childrenl Department' '. '. '. '. '. '.''.' '. '. '. '. '. '. '. '. '. '. '. '. '. '. '.'.'.'. .11 """^ *^^" ^i^e. Over the Top we go! 

Prayer Meeting Department 12 THE EVANGELIST 

Laid To Rest 12 ^g j^^.^^ j^^gj^ ^^^.^ j^^^^i gratified over the new subscrip- 

News From Our Churches 12 ^j^^^^ received for the Evangelist, and especially the churches 

Important Notice See Back Page ^^ ^j^^ ^^^^^ j^q,j_ ^^ gj^^^j^j j^^^^^ ^ qqO new subscribers 

= within three months. It is possible. Will you do your part? 
NOTICE TO CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR SOCIETIES! 

Let us make our Church paper a real medium of exchange 

We are sorry that because of unavoidable circumstances it _ . , ,^,, . , , „, , ^ tt 

. . ■, , ; I • r^ -c rr ■ nr 1. * j of ideas. What about some more Church news? Have you 
IS impossible to bring you a C. E. Topic. We hope to do so 

this next issue. sent yours in? 

St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor. W. E. R. 




EDITORIALS 



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Do We? 

The Answer Is, Yes. 



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Fred C. Vanator 

Managing Editor The Brethren Publishing Company- 



Does the Brethren Church need a Publishing 
House? Without hesitation we say, "Most certainly." 
And, of course, many will say immediately, "Upon 
what do you base your positive assertion?" And 
such a question requires a longer and more involved 
answer, but nevertheless, just as positive a note. 

First of all we do not hesitate to say that without 
a means of sending forth the plans and purposes of 
the church there would be no unifying factor in the 
work of The Brethren Church. Plans are worked out 
in conferences and boards which would be accessible 
to but few if there were no medium through which 
this knowledge could be dispersed. Such plans would 
be of little value if they were not put into effect by 
the various churches. Constant communication would 
be necessary between individuals and boards; and 
boards and churches, if any unified effort were to be 
accomplished, were there no weekly publication go- 
ing into the homes of the members of the churches. 
Such haphazard methods would lead only to confu- 
sion, careless reports and inaccurate interpretation. 
For "what is everybody's business is nobody's busi- 
ness." 

Consequently, it is vital to the life of our denomi- 
nation as a whole (to any denomination, in fact) 
that there be a medium through which the various 
interests, activities, plans and purposes of the de- 
nomination may be set before the entire church body 
in a definite well defined manner, in order that the 
various churches may work in harmony and unitedly 
to bring forward progress to the entire program. 
This is being accomplished by the literature which 
is published in your own Publishing Plant at Ash- 
land. 

Therefore, we feel assured that the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company meets a definite need in the life 
of The Brethren Church. 

Second. No other Publishing House is vitally 
enough interested in the progress of The Brethren 
Church to be able or willing to become the agency 





through which the work of The Brethren Church 
shall be sent forth. True any secular printing plant 
might do the mechanical work upon our publications, 
but not in the same manner as those who are vitally 
interested in the general affairs of the church. 

In our Publishing House the matter and material 
pertaining to the church takes first place. This is 
essential. It is vital. Other things must take second 
place. And, in this time of government priorities, 
which demand first place in the secular press, this 
becomes a vital factor in the publishing of church 
literature. In the work of the Religious Press the 
government recognizes the urgent need of such ma- 
terials to the churches and denominations, and, con- 
sequently, they permit the presses of the religious 
publishing plants to roll on in their own peculiar task 
— that of helping keep up the spiritual life of the 
country. The work of the church-at-large is the most 
important thing in the life of your Publishing House. 
It becomes the mouthpiece of the church. Conse- 
quently it must be kept going. 

Third. The Publishing House is the property of 
The Brethren Church. It stands or falls at the desire 
and the will of the church. It was established by the 
church — and it must be support-ed by the church. 

Now support means two things. First it means the 
using of the literature that is published for the use 
of The Brethren Church in the plant of the Brethren 
Publishing Company — your company. The weekly 
visits of Th-e' Brethren Evangelist should be looked 
forward to as eagerly as the visits of the daily paper. 
The daily paper is read, (usually for the comics) 
and then thrown away. Your Church Paper should 
find a deeper place in your life. It tells you of the 
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1. WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED 
SINCE 1939? 

When the Brethren Publishing Company again be- 
came BRETHREN and once more obtained control 
of all Brethren publications, we found bankruptcy 
staring us in the face. Our building had been sold 
for a few thousand dollars but the money I'ealized 
was nowhere to be found. The few hundred dollars 
left to our credit in the bank was not sufficient to 
pay outstanding bills of labor and accounts from sup- 
ply houses. Job work was at a low ebb; bonifide 



Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Secretary-Treasurer 

of the 

Brethren Publishing Company 



against the property is less than half its real value, 
and is so arranged as to be decreased over a period 
of years until fully paid. Two separate apartments 
are being arranged above the office rooms, and a 
smaller building is being built just west of the large 
publishing house. Because of certain restrictions the 
apartments and smaller building cannot be com- 
pleted at this time; but will be completed as early 
as possible and rented to be the source of a nice in- 
come. 

The Evangelist subscription list has more than 
doubled and is steadily increasing. Nearly all Breth- 



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paid-up Evangelist subscriptions were so few that 
the suggestion had been made that we no longer 
needed a publishing house of our own, but could 
farm out our publications. To sum it all up the finan- 
cial status of The Brethren Publishing Company was 
factually represented by an amount far on the nega- 
tive side of the number which signifies the turning 
point from the minus to the positive. 

In contrast to that situation The Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company is now housed in a fine new build- 
ing owned by the Brethren Church. The indebtedness 



ren Sunday Schools are again using genuine Breth- 
ren Quarterlies, and orders are being increased. We 
confidently look forward to the near future when 
every Brethren family will be regular readers of 
The B)-ethren Evangelist, and also enjoying the use 
of all available Brethren Sunday School literature. 
All the workmen in the publishing house are effi- 
cient and take much interest and pride in the suc- 
cessful accomplishment of our undertakings. The 
Lord has certainly blessed us during these three 
years. The membership of The Brethren Church, be- 



January 9, 1943 



cause of their loyalty, prayers, sacrifices, and stead- 
fastness, are deserving of Publishing Interests that 
are and shall ever be true to the faith and practices 
of our beloved denomination. It is the aim of The 
Publication Board to accomplish their every desire. 

//. WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE? 

The continued growth and success of this great 
enterprise, the publication of Brethren literature 
and a uniform understanding of the Brethren Faith 
and Practice, will depend upon the continued sup- 
port and sacrifices of the membership of The Breth- 
ren Church. 



The Prudential Committee hopes to amortize a 

large sum of the debt with the Publication Day 
Ofi'ering. The greater the gifts, the more rapidly will 
the indebtedness be liquidated. To help make a big- 
ger and better Brethren Evangelist we want the 
subscription list doubled. Yes, we have a vision of 
The Evangelist in every Brethren home, and Breth- 
ren Sunday School literature in every department 
of every Brethren Sunday School, and doctrinal 
tracts and booklets with which to evangelize every 
community. All this requires prayer, work, sacri- 
fices, finances. Pray for a large ofi'ering on Publica- 
tion Day. 

— Smithville, Ohio. 



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Gleaned From Here And There 



OUR GENERAL INTERESTS 

The writer has served for many years as a pastor 
and knows how often the appeals are made for 
money, and he too has heard the complaints about 
so many oflferings. Let us analyze our denominational 
requests for money. First, there is the Missionary 
appeal, which is divided into the Home and Foreign 
appeals; second, the College and Seminary; third, 
the Publishing interests ; fourth, the Sunday School 
Board which includes the young people's summer 
camps, and the Benevolence ofl:ering which includes 
the gifts for retired ministers and the old folks home. 

These constitute the five major interests of the 
church and if reasonable publicity is given to them, 
each will receive due consideration from the whole 
church. Our people need to be informed concerning 
these intei^sts, mid the means of spreading that in- 
formation is at hand in The Brethren Evangelist. 
That is part of the function of the Church paper. It 
should be used more to that end. 

The greatest need of our general interests is not 
money, although that is always needed. Our greatest 
need is the interest and prayers of the entire Church. 
It is still true that the Lord moves in mysterious 
ways, his wonders to perform. Every interest of our 
beloved church should be on our daily prayer list. 
This and this alone will solve our many problems. 



TIES WHICH BIND 



There has been a tendency among Brethren 
churches for each to exist in their own little corner, 
but such a way is the way of death for the Church. 
There must be certain ties which draw us together 
and really make of us a people. Of these ties there 




are all too few in our church. Think of our general 
interests and you have them, and they are all im- 
portant; but one thing is certain WITHOUT A 
CHURCH LITERATURE we cannot go forward. 
Our new Publishing Building ought to be a great 
unifying force. Let us make it so. 

W. E. R. 



REMEMBER— PUBLICATION DAY, 
JANUARY 24TH 

WE ARE ASKING FOR $.5,000.00 

Is that too much to ask? We think not. That would 
be less than twenty-five cents for each member of 
the church — if everyone gave. 

But the trouble is that not everyone gives. There 
are some who cannot — some who will not. This leaves 



The Brethren Evangelist 



a greater burden on those who can and will. We 
need more than mere 25 cent gifts. We need some 
who will give $500.00— $200.00— $100.00— $50.00— 
$25.00 and a flood of $5.00 and $1.00 gifts. Every 
dollar that comes cuts off interest and makes the 
building just that much nearer our very own. 



THE RELIGIOUS PRESS 

The importance of the Religious Press can hardly 
be over-emphasized in view of the fact that it is so 
generally under-estimated. From the human view- 
point, the printed page is the greatest educative and 
unifying force in the church, and for the church as 
a whole the greatest inspirational force. It is of 
course evident that in the local church the spoken 
word through teaching and preaching is of first im- 
portance, and it is also evident that the Holy Spirit 
inspires and leads men out into all truth. It is the 
duty, a high and holy duty for the Religious Press 
to give the printed page to the church, so as to edu- 
cate, unify, and inspire for Christian living and for 
Christian service. 



THE EARLY BRETHREN 

There can be no doubt that the progressive ele- 
ment within the church was fostered and developed 
by religious literature, especially by the Progressive 
Christian. It is not too much to say that the forma- 
tion of our Brethren Church was largely the result 
of this literature. The evidence of its power is seen 
in the terrific opposition which it aroused in Annual 
Meeting. 

EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS— BUT FIVES AND 

TENS COUNT FASTER IN OUR PUBLICATION 

OFFERING 

THE PRESS NOW 

We are not interested in the past except as it 
teaches us its lessons, as we may now apply them. 
The Progressive Christian was long ago renamed 
THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST and is now our 
official organ. It ought to be, — we must make it a 
strong spiritual, educative and unifying force in the 
Church. The instrument is in our hands, if we do 
not properly use it as an instrument for the Lord, 
we are guilty of neglecting the talents which have 
been placed in our hands. // tve tvould have a great 
church to7norrow, we must build for a great church 
today. The printed page is invaluable in that build- 
ing process. In all seriousness I say The Publishing 
Interests Are Indispensable if we are to build strong- 
ly for tomorrow. 

W. E. R. 



NEW YEAR— NEW BUILDING— NEW 
INSPIRATION 

We trust that these words express just what will 
be the force of the urge that will drive us on to a 
deeper appreciation of our task. You have been help- 
ful in the erection of the new building, in that you 
have come to our assistance with your offerings. Now 
January rolls around again and the time for the 
Publication Offering has been set as of January 24th. 

F. C. V. 




At the Babcock Press 



LOYALTY TO THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING 
COMPANY 

By Prof. E. G. Mason, President of Ashland College ■ 

Support of the Publishing interests of the church 
includes the moral, spiritual, and material assistance 
that each member of the church can give. By moral 
support we mean that confidence and good will shall 
be given. Every loyal member of the church can giv^ 
this. It costs nothing except an honest effort to ascer-' 
tain from the proper source the truth about any ru- 
mors, and make whatever constructive criticisms! 
and suggestions that may improve the publications.. 
By spiritual support we mean the prayers of thef 
friends of the Publishing interests for its success.. 
This also costs nothing except the time and effort re- 
quired, but such support is very valuable. 

Finally material support can be given in threeP 
ways : First of all, every family in the church should 
subscribe for The BRETHREN EVANGELIST;! 
Second, every Brethren Sunday School should uses 



January 9, 1943 



the Sunday School Literature now published and 
send in its orders for other litei'ature, Bibles, and 
books, which we cannot publish. By sending orders 
for this literature the Publishing Company realizes 
a commission which constitutes a substantial part 
of the company's income. The third way that mate- 
rial support can be given is through outright gifts 
to increase the working capital of the company. An 
opportunity for gifts is given especially in connec- 
tion with the Publication offering but gifts may be 
sent at any time and will be greatly appreciated. 

Loyalty is measured in terms of any one, two or 
three forms that were mentioned above. Let us be- 
gin to repair and build at once and may God bless 
our efforts. 



PUBLICATION OFFERING PRIOR TO JULY 1, 
1942 NOT REPORTED IN EVANGELIST 

W. M. S., Clayton, Ohio, Brethren Church. .$ 5.00 

Mrs. W. H. Beachler, Ashland, Ohio 1.00 

Louisville, Ohio, Brethren Church (add.).. 17.00 ■ •' 

Manteca, Calif., Brethren Church 3.4.5 

Clifford & Anna Mast, Smithville, Ohio . . . 25.00 

Mrs. Mary B. Turner, Bethlehem, Pa 5.00 

Alice Crawford, Ft. Wayne, Ind 10.00 

Annabelle Merrifield, Winnetka, Illinois... 1.00 64.75 

This amount plus the previous ledger bal- 
ance of $2,424.99 



Total offering Jan. 1, 1942— July 1, 1942 



2,492.44 



PUBLICATION OFFERING RECEIVED 
BEGINNING JULY 1, 1942 to DECEMBER 31, 1942 

Previous balance $2,492.44 

Goshen, Indiana, First Brethren $ 21.75 

W. M. S., JohnstowTi, Pa., First Brethren . . 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. F. Metcalf, Westville, Ind.. . 25.00 

G. C. Carpenter 11.00 

Loyalty Group, First Brethren, Peru, Ind. 3.15 
Mr. & Mrs. M. C. Harrison, Washington, 

DC 5.00 

W. R. Deeter (for chair) 1.00 

Carl & Esther Mohler (for chair) 3.00 

W. E. Ronk (for shrubbery) 10.00 

Phyllis Maust (for shrubbery) 10.00 

National W. M. S 375.00 

Smithville Brethren Church (additional).. 10.00 

Mrs. Ira Blotter (for chair) 3.00 

Park St. Brethren Church (D. Lee Garber) 15.00 

H. J. Riner, West Alexandria, Ohio 20.00 537.90 

Total balance for the year, January 1, 

1942 to January 1, 1943 $3,030.34 



OFFERING EXPLAINED 

The total offering, as has been noticed, from January, 1942 
to January, 1943 totals $3,030.34. The total offering for the 
12 month period from January 1, 1941 to January 1, 1942 
was $3,822.46. This shows a decline of almost $800.00 from 
the previous year. If you have noticed the financial reports 



of the Brethren Publishing Company you have discovered 
that these figures do not correspond because the financial re- 
ports are dated from July 1 to July 1 of each year. For this 
reason we are hereafter making our reports correspond to 
the bookkeeping year from July 1 to July 1. In other words, 
the offering for the present year has already reached the 
sum of $537.90, the amount received from July 1, 1942 to the 
present. 



THE CHURCHES CONTRIBUTING THE 
TEN LARGEST OFFERINGS 

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Ashland, Ohio $ 250.85 

Smithville, Ohio 183.65 

Nappanee, Indiana 120.00 

Hagerstown, Maryland 117.19 

Elkhart, Indiana 108.00 

Meyersdale, Pa 81.50 

Summit Mills, Pa 79.50 

Milledgeville, Illinois 75.00 

Johnstown Third Church (Pa.) ... 65.00 

Conemaugh, Pa 59.00 

Total $1,139.69 

This averages $113.96 for the ten churches. 

Do we? ... The Answer is 

"Yes." 

(Continued from page S) 

work of your church. It keeps you informed as to 
your church's denominational progress. It ought to 
be read in every Brethren home. The Sunday School 
quarterlies should also find place in your church's 
work. That is the first way to support. 

The second way to support your Publishing Com- 
pany is through your gifts at the time of the AN- 
NUAL PUBLICATION DAY OFFERING (This 
year on January 24th). No publication, however 
large the circulation, can support itself. Remember 
that in the face of the fact that every other publica- 
tion raised its subscription price, the price of The 
Brethren Evmigelist was cut one-fourth. This must 
be made up from some source or other. We 
suggest that you think it over very prayerfully and 
then GIVE THIS YEAR IN GREATER SUPPORT 
than ever before. It will help to tide over a very 
grave situation. 

And REMEMBER, we do need a Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




Christian Education 



Now and Later 




Dr. 

E. G. Mason 



other articles under this caption have appeared in these 
columns in the past and maybe there will be some repetition, 
but repetition is justifiable and excusable when it is used 
for the purpose of emphasis. 

Our conception of Christian Education is education under 
Christian influences. It is education within which the prin- 
ciples of Christianity and the Christian Code of Ethics or 
Behavior is continuously and consistently related to the edu- 
cational process. Education proceeds on three levels: elemen- 
tary, secondary, and higher. It is with higher education 
that we are concerned in this article. Higher education is 
above the other two levels supplied by our public schools. 
It consists in a study of the various fields of learning and 
results in some understanding of the fields of study and their 
inter-relationships and bearing upon the solution of the prob- 
lems of life. 

Higher education involves a study of and an understanding 
of the various fields of the biological, physical, social sciences 
and the humanities. It means the acquisition of a certain ac- 
quaintance with the nature and importance of the contribu- 
tions made by man in these fields of learning. In short, it 
constitutes an understanding and appreciation of the accumu- 
lation and application of the knowledge and works of man 
from the beginning of his activities until the present time. 
Higher education includes an inquiry into the usefulness of 
this knowledge in meeting the problems of the present and 
future. Without it our preparation for the more responsible 
positions in life is not complete. It is not complete until it 
is tempered by an understanding and appreciation of the 
principles of living that Christ gave us while he lived and 
taught on earth as a man born of woman. 

Education alone, that is education on any or all levels, will 
not suffice in meeting the needs of the present day. Educa- 
tion alone may produce criminals. Education alone may pro- 
duce implements of destruction and plots to undermine an 
existing order for selfish purposes. But education tempered 
and motivated by Christian principles and ideals will pro- 
duce a safe leadership whose interest is centered in the wel- 
fare of mankind and the uplift and betterment of society. 
This distinction between education alone and Christian edu- 
cation seems to be logical, sound and safe. 

But since an education that is divorced from Christianity 
can be and has been used for purposes adverse to social 
good, a feeling of aversion to education in general develops. 
We dare not condemn the whole procedure because we find 
it misused in places. Such reasoning is both unsound and un- 
just. Surely we would not condemn books in general because 
there are a few that are bad. We can not brand all men as 
liars because some lie. There is a grave danger also in con- 



demning a group or an organization because some individual 
within the group belies the objectives of the organization. 

Sometimes education is condemned because of the fear that 
new discoveries of science or new social theories will under- 
mine and destroy the accepted interpretations either of the 
story of Creation as it is recorded in Genesis or of some other 
Biblical event. This fear need not exist because education in- 
cludes open-mindedness with the ability and the willingness 
of the individual to accept new contributions of knowledge 
after they are proven to be true. And by no means should 
this upset one's religious convictions. Biblical interpretations 
vary greatly with individuals and each may feel certain that 
he is right, yet merely believing it does not establish the 
truth. We must always seek and accept the truth even though 
it does upset our particuar or favorite beliefs. The truth 
always sheds light upon our understanding of God and His 
universe and unless some idea proven to be false is paraded 
as the truth and is used for the purpose of destroying Chris- 
tian faith, we need not be deeply concerned. It is of little 
value to adopt a "Don Quixote" attitude toward any new 
idea or theory or proposed programs until we have definitely 
determined its falsity. 

Sometimes those who call themselves educated use their 
so-called education to confuse issues and deliberately attempt 
to convince others to their points of view. Any effort either 
to confuse others or to insinuate that any one is dishonest, 
or to discredit the efforts and purposes of anyone is the 
height of dishonesty and a definite indication that education 
in that case is misdirected. When such procedures are fol- 
lowed among Christian people, it discredits the cause of 
Christianity as well as the individuals who practice it and 
makes the average individual suspicious of all higher educa- 
tion. 

It has been said, and we believe rightly so, that if the ideals 
of Christianity can be applied to everyday living we can 
solve the problems of the world. If the Axis leaders were 
men whose lives were dominated by Christian ideals, we 
would not be in this turmoil today. But in order to solve the 
world's problems, we must find Christian leaders whose 
knowledge of world affairs is deep enough and broad enough 
to cover the scope of human activities. This qualification 
means education, higher education, and the ability to hold to 
it steadfastly and consistently with the need for change when 
new knowledge and new conditions arise. 

Where can this type of needed higher education be ob- 
tained ? The answer is in an institution of higher education 
where the best of liberal education is tempered and motivated 
by the true Christian Spirit. You ask where such an institu- 
tion can be found and the answer is in a College or Univer- 
sity that is sponsored by a religious denomination that be- 
lieves in the practical application of Christian ideals in daily 
life and where the faculty consists of Christian men and 
women of the right type and extra-curricular activities that 
are wholesome and strongly Christian are available to the 
students. When these ideals dominate the administration of a 
College you have found the kind of an institution for which 
you are searching. 



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You may ask whether you can expect near perfect results 
from such an institution and the answer is "no." Admission 
of students is not based upon regimented religious beliefs 
or convictions or even upon any beliefs or convictions at all 
because regimentation at the point of admission rules out 
individuals that may need a Christian education and tends 
to make hypocrites of those who seek admission in order to 
conform to the reqiiirements. With a cross section of Ameri- 
can youth, one must expect conflicts and diiference of points 
of view and such challenge the faculty and administration to 
do its best. Again, mistakes, errors or failure alone should 
not be the criteria for condemnation. The accomplishments, 
even if the percentage be small, constitute the measure of 
evaluation. What organization, family, or Church makes a 
perfect record in its work? 

The best criteria for evaluating the work of a College is 
what the students say after they have come in contact with 
the real and tangible problems of life. When they write back 
or come back and say, "I couldn't see your point of view 
when I was in school, but I see it now," we feel that a real 



If you really want to live, 
You will have to leai-n to give. 



contribution is being made. How tragic it would have been 
to have refused such a student admission to a Christian Col- 
lege. 

Now this is the kind of a Christian College we are trying 
to operate for the Brethren Church at Ashland College. Re- 
gardless of mistakes, misplaced confidences, and errors in 
judgment, the administration and faculty of Ashland College 
is striving consistently and continuously to carry out the ob- 
jectives and purposes set forth in this article. The extent to 
which the Church-at-large and the membership at large be- 
lieves in it is shown by the support given it. Without ques- 
tion, the present crisis through which we are passing is the 
most serious that the College and Seminary has ever faced. 
Now is the time to show materially how much you value it. 
For the most part, the Church membership is more able iinan- 
cially now to support it than ever before and certainly now 
is not the time to allow its work to be crippled by the lack 
of church support. 

— Ashland, Ohio. 





View of the Front Office 



A bit of broken glass had caught the light 
That made the eastern sky a sea of flame, 

And he who saw it turned about to learn 
Whence all the splendor came. 

So, if a life that else were dull and drear 
Glowed with the glory of a lighted face. 

What marvel if men turned, to praise anew 
The wonder of God's grace. 

Lord, wilt thou make a mirror of my life, 
And let it ever show thy radiance bright. 

That dwellers in the dark may catch the gleam. 
And turn, to see thy light. 

— Frank J. Exley. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 




Gas Rationing and Church Attendance -- Dr. Charles a. Bame 



Our lives are continually in the test tube of expe- 
rience. Each new day brings new problems and new 
tests demanding new interpretations, but usually 
going back to the original basic foundation: stead- 
fastness and immovability and conviction. A gun in 
the hand of a hunter may be a good thing; in the 
hand of maniac and murderer — it is a curse. 

Less than fifty years ago, there came into Ameri- 
can life a new method of locomotion. It was the au- 
tomobile. All sorts of jibes and jokes were made 
concerning it then, but now, it has become so much 
a part of American life that we wonder if we can 
carry on without it. It is a real test of our patriotism 
to meet the demands of our government just now 
upon us. But it is more than a test of patriotism : it 
is also to be a test of our fidelity to our church and 
all it stands for. A major part of our population is 
to be compelled to do without gasoline, or with so 
small a ration of it that it has been freely and un- 
ashamedly said that some of the work of the church 
will necessarily be curtailed. Without a meeting dur- 
ing this, one of the best months of the year, I have 
been told that this rationing of gasoline has become 
a major question concerning revival meetings. Some 
have recalled their engagements and others are de- 
bating if it shall be possible. 

Now, I have often said that an automobile will 
take people only where they would rather go. It is 
not the vehicle that is at fault, or that is being 
tested: it is the pei'son at the wheel or the one be- 
hind the screen quite often who drives the driver. 
Note that I did not say, "back-seat," but "behind the 
screen" drivers. Many a good husband drives where 
the "better half" ( ?) drives him to drive when he 
would rather enjoy the home where he spends so 
little of his time and she, so much. The machine takes 
people where they guide it — instead of where they 
should go ofttimes. It is a good revealer. 

Now, it is evident that we shall need immediately 
to rearrange our plans from one of choice of pleas- 
ures to one of duty. It will be a test as to whether we 
wish it to take us to church or to a movie ; to a prayer 
meeting or a grange meeting ; to a club or to a place 
of worship. We shall not have enough "gas" to take 
us all the places we have been going. So, this ration- 
ing is going to put a new test upon our Christianity 
and our faithfulness to our church, our God and our 



Lord Jesus Christ. We are once more to be proving 
to ourselves and to the world where we place values. 
Once more to learn how deep our salvation reaches. 

Let us not be deceived into believing that the 
church can go on without all the activities to which 
it is accustomed. I know of no unnecessary services 
in our churches. I am sure that without Evangelism, 
our churches will miserably recede both in gains and 
in spiritual power. The most insistent command and 
the one sealed with his own precious blood was the 
one to go and make disciples. To preach the gospel 
to every creature. To tell the last nation and the last 
possible soul the need of the salvation that comes 
only through the ministries of the church. Radio? 
Well who knows a good churchman that was made 
that by a radio message? The radio does not have too 
many Christian messages, perhaps, but it does show 
too little results so far as my experience goes and 
I have tried to find someone made like that. No radio 
message is a substitute for the worship service of the 
church. No such contact can equal that of the per- 
sonal touch of a flaming personality, fired with a 
spiritual message in the House of God. Family duties, 
neighbors calling, distractions of all kinds, interfere 
with the radio message; and besides, that message 
is so general and so soft-pedaled that it cannot and 
does not contain a full gospel message. Radio cannot 
do for the church what the Lord wants done, neither 
does it preach all that He wants preached. It cannot 
substitute. It could well collaborate more than it does 
in most instances. 

So, let me warn that our 480 miles of transporta- 
tion will surely call for some new planning. We shall 
need to plan fewer trips to town and to the neigh- 
bors. It may compel some more walking than many 
have done for years. It may call for a Community 
Bus to take several families and surely for much 
more neighborliness and share-riding than many 
have been accustomed to give. 

It may prove to be a blessing in disguise if some- 
how, a generation that had almost forgotten the fine 
art of Christian brotherliness and neighborliness, 
shall discover some of its values. "It is more blessed 
to give than to receive," is one of the almost forgot- 
ten sayings of Jesus. Acts 20:35. Where Luke dug it 

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Dear Children: 

The other day I took some boys and girls out to where the 
circus had just come to town. On the big vacant lot, hundreds 
of men were going about — every man in his own place, and 
all were working together with wonderful quickness, because 
they all knew how. They were stretching the canvas of the 
huge tent and driving down the tent pegs to hold its ropes; 
they were wheeling the wagons and the animal cages here 
and there. But what the boys and girls liked to watch the 
most was an elephant. There he was, with his keeper telling 
him what to do, and he was busy. He had a big cushion tied 
to his forehead and he was helping to push the cages into 
place. He would march around behind a cage and plant his 
great forehead against the back of it and give a push, and 
the cage would commence to roll as though a tractor had 
butted into it. Back and forth, to cage after cage, the big 
elephant went and presently he had them rolled into the place 
where they were supposed to be. 

As we watched him, I began to think how strange this was 
to the elephant. He did not begin his life by walking around 
and being obedient to what his keeper told him; he started 
life way off in the middle of the forests of Africa, or in the 
wilds of India. He roamed with a herd of wild elephants 
through the trees and did exactly as he pleased; and now, it 
was wonderful to think that he was walking around in a city 
with boys and girls almost under his feet. 

All the elephants we see in circuses were wild elephants 
once, or else their fathers and mothers were. They were cap- 
tured and trained. I know a man who used to live in India, 
and he had a little baby elephant. He had a little dog, and 
the dog used to run around the screened porch of his bun- 
galow and jump over his bed, and the little elephant lum- 
bering along behind, would try to do as the dog; but he 
could not jump over the bed and generally fell in the middle. 
When the man sat at the table eating his dinner, the little 
elephant stood behind him, and when the man would take 
a glass in his hand and lift it up to his lips, the elephant 
would run his trunk under his arm and snatch his bread 
while he could not help it, and run away. I think that ele- 
phant was like some boys and girls; he had not been trained 
very well. 

How do you suppose they capture the wild elephants ? They 
do it by the tame ones. Out in the forests, where the herds 
of wild elephants rove, men vdll build a great stockade of 
pointed logs like a fence, all round in a solid wall, wdth only 
one opening, a heavy gate lifted up and fastened so that when 
the ropes are cut, it will drop down and bar the opening. Wild 
elephants are driven towards the stockade, and tame ele- 
phants, which have been let loose among them, lead them in. 
Then the gate is closed, and the wild elephants cannot get 
out. But still, no man would dare go in among them, so the 
two tame elephants are sent in. Those two will pick out one 
of the wild elephants and go and get one on each side of 
him and push in against him and squeeze the breath out of 
him, until he cannot move; and then a man will come in 



and chain his feet. Then he will put hay and water before 
him; but at first the wild elephant will not eat. Every day, 
though, the man will come and put food before him again, 
and presently the elephant will stop being afraid of him, 
and after a while he will begin to obey him and do what the 
man tells him to do. 

It seems a funny thing, but it is true, that all of us have 
our own wild elephants; and what we need to do is to train 
some tame ones to make the wild ones learn to behave. 
"Where do I have any wild elephants?" I hear a boy or girl 
say. And the answer is — inside! The wild elephants are the 
things in us which go rampaging around and making trouble. 

For one, there is the greedy elephant. In the countries 
where the wild elephants roam, the people who live near 
them sometimes have a terrible time. The elephants may 
come at night and eat up all their gardens and trample down 
what they do not eat. So, the greedy elephant in boys and 
girls roams around to see what he can devour. He never thinks 
of anybody else. He is always hungry, and helps himself just 
to what ever he can get. We need to call in two nice tame 
elephants, the name of one of which is Patience, and the 
other is Politeness: they must squeeze the greedy elephant 
in between them until he is ready to behave. 

There is the lazy elephant. The elephant in the jungle does 
not do anybody any good; he just roams around and pleases 
himself, and stands in the shade and fans the flies. But 
trained elephants are wonderful workers. Like the elephant 
we saw in the circus. There are boys and girls who have 
part of themselves trained and part not, like a herd of ele- 
phants with some tame ones and some wild ones. They work 
gloriously in the things that interest them; but they would 
like to go off, like the lazy elephant, and hide when they are 
asked to help around the house instead of lying in a ham- 
mock, and go down the hot road on an errand instead of rest- 
ing in the shade. When it comes to playing, they never get 
tired; but when it comes to disagreeable work, they are sure 
that they are so weak they will probably die. It is the lazy 
elephant which is making the trouble, and needs to be trained. 
Boys and girls must say to themselves: "If we are strong 
for pleasant things, we must be strong for the hard things 
too;" and the good elephants of "I can" and "I will" march 
up to the lazy elephant, and tell him that his big strength 
has got to learn how nice it is to get to work. 

Then there is the wicked elephant. In the jungle, people 
call him the "rogue elephant" — the wild, bad-tempered one 
that does vicious things. In many of us there are the rogue 
elephants of hot temper, and the overbearing spirit of bully 
and the tease. But when these things are tamed and trained 
by the good elephants Courage and Unselfishness, their 
strength too is turned to good things, and the powers in our 
heart are bigger than they were before. 

There is a beautiful saying of St. Paul, that we must "bring 
every thought into captivity to the mind of Christ." That is 
what we must do with all untamed things in us; we must 
make them tame to answer His will. 

With Love, in Christs' Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



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GAS RATIONING AND CHURCH 
ATTENDANCE 

(Continued from Page 10) 

up, no one knows ; but we know it is very true. But 
perhaps we do not know it well enough nor have we 
practiced it enough. 

On the wreck of wars we step to greater heights. 
The lessons of experience are costly, but they do 
teach well and sure. Above all, we must now prove 
our fidelity to our Lord and master of our selfish 
natures. Rationing will test us severely. Let us hold 
fast our faith and works. 

— Carey, Ohio. 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Prayer Meeting Topics 



. LESSON 10 

Subject: The Cause of The World's Misery 

(Continued from last week) 

1. The fourth cause of the downfall of man was the lust of 
the flesh. "When the woman saw that the tree was good for 
food." It is not wrong to desire food when hungry; but it is 
wrong to disobey in wanting the wrong kind. There was plenty 
of the right kind of food in the Garden. Millions are going 
wild today over things that look good to them, but they are 
rank poison. Genesis 3:6; Matthew 4:1-11; Galatians 1:6-9: 
John 1:14; John 6:35. 

2. The fifth cause of the world's misery was the lust of 
the eyes. The unregenerated eye is a curse to many a life. 
Genesis 3:6; Matthew 5:29. 

3. The pride and knowledge of life was the last step in 
the introduction of sin into the world by Satan. "And a tree 
to be desired to make one wise." Worldly wisdom will never 
make the world better. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 John 2:16. 

4. The misery and distress of the world is described by God 
in one word — "Curse." Creation was cursed because of sin. 
Genesis 3:17, 18. 

5. The serpent was cursed for permitting himself to be 
used by Satan. Genesis 3:14, 15. 

6. The curse fell upon the woman, Eve. Genesis 3:16. 

7. The curse was pronounced upon the man, Adam. Gene- 
sis 3:17-19. 

8. The curse even included the animals. How diiferent it 
will be when the curse is removed! Isaiah 11:6-9. 

9. Humanity is under the curse of the divine law. All have 
sinned. Galatians 3:10. 

10. To be freed from the curse is as simple as A, B, C. 
A — "All have sinned." Romans 3:23. 



B — "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." Acts 16:31. 
C — "Call ye upon him." Isaiah 55:6. 

(Are the prayer meeting folks reading the references in 
the meetings ? It takes a little more time that way, but it 
pays). 



Laid to Rest 




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BOWMAN — Elmer A. Bowman passed out of this life at 
his residence near College Corners, Indiana, at 1:00 P. M., 
Sunday, December 6th, at the age of 76 years, 8 months and 
18 days; leaving to mourn his departure his beloved wife and 
three daughters, all of whom are faithful members of the 
College Corners Brethren Church. 

On April 29th, 1900, Brother Bowman was married to 
Pearl Drumm of Wabash County, and to this union was born 
three daughters: Miriam, Florence and Dorothy, who remain 
with their mother on the farm where their father was born 
and spent his lifetime. 

Nine years after his marriage, he united with the Breth- 
ren Church at College Corners, where he since has been a 
most faithful member, attending and participating in its 
services until recent years, when he was prevented from con- 
stant attendance through illness. 

Funeral services were conducted jointly by the writer and 
the pastor of the College Comers Church, Rev. C. C. Grisso; 
the writer having been a most intimate friend to Brother Bow- 
man over a period of years. 

Brother Bowman's clean, temperate Christian life was 
deeply felt throughout Wabash County, and his influence was 
for good among those who knew him, and his passing means 
a great loss to the community and to his beloved Church. 
He was a marvelous friend, a faithful husband, a loving 
father, and an exemplary Christian gentleman. 

L. 0. McCartneysmith. 




News From Our 
Churches 



A THREE-PART REPORT 
Johnstown, Pa., Third 

We are sorry for the delay in reporting our visit to Johns- 
towm and the delightful fellowship with Rev. W. S. Crick 
and his fine people. Our last meeting in Johnstown was a 
joint meeting with the Third Brethren and the Church of the 
Brethren. Rev. Galen B. Royer was the pastor of the Church 
of the Brethren and our church was without a pastor. Rev. 
Crick became pastor in a few months from that date. He has 
been doing splendid work and is loved by his people. He has 



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the most elaborate and well kept system of records of his 
people of any man I know. He certainly is the right man to 
be the National Statistican of our church. 

We had our home with the Ambrose family, which was 
also our home during our last meeting there, but in the in- 
terim Mr. Ambrose has departed to be with the Lord. The 
mother and the two children carry on and maintain a lovely 
home. The son was called to the service soon after we left. 

We had good audiences and they were very appreciative. 
Some new people were received into the church, but largely 
because of the faithful work of the pastor. These are diffi- 
cult days to reach the great unchurched multitudes. Even a 
large crowd may be almost entirely Christian people. How- 
ever these profit by the series of evangelistic sermons. The 
music program was extremely well directed by Mr. Floyd 
Benshoff and the choir stood by faithfully. The Third church 
has three splendid C. E. groups which are doing an excep- 
tionally fine piece of work. It was a real joy to labor with 
these splendid people again. May God richly bless their labor. 

Johnstown, Pa., Second 

After spending two weeks in the Third church we trans- 
ferred our residence to the Griffith home and our field of 
labor to the Moxham church. Rev. Crick shepherds both 
flocks and it makes him a large field of labor. The Moxham 
church was rather new to me although I had been there be- 
fore. It is in a splendid part of the city and I see no reason 
why this church could not build up to a full time minister and 
become one of our strong churches. They have a splendid 
group of substantial people and quite a number of young 
families that are the type of constituency that makes for 
growth in a church. 

We again had a lovely home in which to live and a very 
appreciative people. Of course one week is not long enough 
for great results in a meeting but we made many contacts 
and the seed no doubt will bear more fruit. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our labor in this church and feel 
that the future should give them a substantial growth. Rev. 
Crick is a splendid preacher and we had a delightful fellow- 
ship during these weeks. He has a lovely family and we shall 
treasure their friendship as the years come and go. May the 
Lord's richest blessing be upon them every one. 

South Bend, Indiana 

Our work at South Bend has not been reported very regu- 
larly as it is so easy to postpone, from time to time. Our fall 
program started off in a very good way. The special feature.'; 
and days were encouraging. Our "Rally Day," "Home Coming 
Day" and Communion all came in October. Rally Day gave us 
a splendid program with about 400 in Sunday School. Home 
Coming also gave us a good crowd and the afternoon given 
over to a very lovely service of dedication of a unique Bul- 
letin Board, the product of Mr. Harold Haenes' inventive and 
artistic mind. The Edelweiss class financed the project. This 
program was reported in a former Evangelist. Our Com- 
munion was 25% larger than one year ago, for which we 
are grateful, but it was not as large as it should be. We 
had only 35 per cent of our membership in attendance and 
we have reached 65 per cent at another church. So we have 
room for improvement. 

Some substantial improvements and repairs have been 
made to the church. The "Acme Class," a ladies' class, fur- 
nished the pastor's study with new rug, desk, curtains, etc., 
which cost near $200.00. The congregation contributed a fund 
of $1,500.00 to pay for painting the church and parsonage 
on the outside and other repairs needed. The money is raised 
but all the work has not been completed. Our Thanksgiving 
offering is over $500.00, for which we are thankful. The va- 



rious classes and organizations of the church are entitled 
to much credit for the work accomplished. We have some 
fine, faithful people but there is so much room for improve- 
ment that we never feel that we are accomplishing very 
much. 

Our Laymen here have an active organization and spon- 
sored a fine "Father and Son's banquet" which was also in 
October. In this banquet they gave special recognition to our 
"Soft Ball Team" as the champions of the city league. 

Our church has the common problems of these days. Our 
men and women are working in defense work, overtime and 
away from home. Our boys are called to the service and the 
many problems of this feverish war time. Certainly it is no 
time to slacken the spiritual work of the church for the need 
is so great in this war-torn world. We are concerned about 
the welfare of every church and rejoice in your every success, 
and are sympathetic in your problems. We shall not forget to 
pray for you and shall appreciate your prayerful interest. 

Claud Studebaker. 



PUBLICATION DAY— JANUARY 24TH 
Don't Forget 



PHILADELPHIA, PA. 

We had the largest congregations Sunday, December 27th, 
we have had since we opened the Mission the first Sunday 
in November. Our congregations have been small, but the 
interest good. The holiday rush has kept quite a number 
away. Sunday, the 20th, we had the coldest weather in Phila- 
delphia for fifty-seven years. I have been housed up with a 
cold for ten days. I preached yesterday morning (the 27th) 
to the largest crowd since we opened this woi'k. Milton Robin- 
son preached to nearly as large a crowd in the afternoon. We 
live and preach in the same building. 

Mrs. Bowman and I want to publicly thank our dear friends 
for their generous gifts in money as well as many other 
things. Our work here done free of charge, but the Lord has 
graciously remembered us. More later. 

Isaac D. Bowinan. 



WE NEED MORE EVANGELIST 
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LOUISVILLE, OHIO, AND BRYAN, OHIO, MEETINGS 

From November 23rd to 29th we had the fine privilege of 
being with the First Brethren Church of Louisville, Ohio. This 
meeting seemed all too brief to us but we hope that it ac- 
complished the Lord's will for it. Surely we were never more 
hospitably entertained nor could any pastor be more gracious 
in his presentation of a brother minister to his congregation 
than was our good friend. Brother Earl M. Riddle. Our home 
was at the parsonage and from Grandma to the youngest 
member of the household everyone conspired to make us en- 
joy every minute of our stay. The Sunday School lessons at 
the time were dealing with the Christian family and we espe- 
cially realized the meaning and blessing of Christian family 
relationships while we were thus situated. 

The Homecoming Day services on November 29 will not 
soon be forgotten by us. There was wonderful music at the 
Morning Service by the fine choir considerably augmented by 



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a number of our Brethren Young People from the College at 
Ashland. Then at noon a great family-sort of gathering in 
the church basement with innumerable good things to eat, 
followed by a program which included numbers by the Col- 
lege Male Quartet and a great address by Brother F. E. Clap- 
per. It seemed most fitting for the times. I jokingly told Dr. 
Lindower, who also brought a fine address, that no wonder 
he could preach so well since he had laymen who could teach 
him how. It was fine to have a visit with Dr. Lindower after 
the program. He has held us two mighty well appreciated 
revival meetings at Mt. Olive in recent times and in more 
ancient times I went to college with him. 

During this brief stay we showed most of the pictures in 
my collection on Palestine and preached each evening but 
Saturday. We were duly impressed with the fine equipment 
of the Louisville church as well as with the kind of people 
that make up its membership. The new Sunday School build- 
ing and basement is one of the best that I know of anywhere 
for its size. 

Christian fellowship seems to be sweeter and more mean- 
ingful in a world aflame with hate and war. I have been so 
thankful that this trip to Ohio was permitted us when it was. 
Many times in darker days ahead we shall look back to these 
pleasant experiences and kindle fresh hope and inspiration in 
our hearts and review with thankfulness the gracious blessing 
of our loving Lord. 

Loathe as we were to leave the hospitable Riddles (my 
prose is inadequate to properly describe Mrs. Riddle's buck- 
wheat cakes for breakfast much less other delicacies served 
at other times) we did set forth to Bryan, November 30 and 
that night we began a new meeting with Brother Stewart, to 
whom I am likewise now greatly in debt. Brother Riddle asked 
the Louisville congregation to remember this meeting in 
prayer. Surely they must have, for the Lord did greatly bless 
us. 

To begin with, the people came! That is always a help 
when you are preaching as every preacher knows full well. 
They seemed so appreciative and there were quite a fine num- 
ber of people who found it possible to be present at every 
service. They were a responsive people which is another thing 
that a preacher appreciates, especially when he is a stranger 
in a strange land. I didn't feel like a stranger long. We en- 
joyed the hospitality of many homes around the dinner table. 
There is no doubt in my mind that as a denomination we can 
not be beaten when it comes to culinary accomplishments. 
My wife is collecting many a fine recipe by being along on 
these trips. 

We had snow all the time we were in Bryan but not enough 
to impede travel to any great extent. It was nice cold winter 
weather. People asked us often while there if it gets cold 
in Virginia. Well last night it was 10 below zero here (De- 
cember 21) and we have a fine snow over everything. 

Our home in Bryan was with Brother Joseph A. Kerr and 
family. We were treated as though we were royalty. Hos- 
pitality couldn't be more genuine and thoughtful than theirs 
was. We shall treasure the memory of our happy visit with 
them and we surely do thank them for their manifold kind- 
nesses and thoughtfulness to us. A perfect bed to sleep in 
and magnificent breakfasts to begin the day with and after 
church at night a little visit with the charming two year old 
granddaughter of the family and perhaps some accordion 
music and so to bed. During the day our Brother Stewart 
spared no effort to make us enjoy the visiting with his peo- 
ple. I have a bit of a joke on him which I shall enjoy remind- 
ing him of from time to time. Someone inquired if I was 
his son when we were visiting the candy factory. Now I 
have always considered Brother Stewart a mighty handsome 
man, so naturally I felt pretty good over this incident! Not 



only am I indebted to him for this compliment but also for 
the honorary degree which he bestowed upon me. But all this 
is very minor in its importance. The real thing is that the 
Lord blessed mightily in the meeting, and souls confessed 
Our Blessed Lord and a number came into the fold of church 
membership. 

Bryan doesn't wait for a Revival meeting though. During 
the year some twenty persons had already been received into 
church membership. Brother Stewart is a greatly loved pas- 
tor. He has done and is doing a fine work in Bryan. He 
stands wholeheartedly for the whole gospel. It was a pleasure 
for me to get better acquainted with him and Mrs. Stewart. 
He was most considerate of this humble evangelist in every 
way. I fully realize how much of the success of the meeting 
and the attitude of the people rests upon the labors and life 
of the faithful minister. It was one of the best meetings 
of my life as an evangelist. We shall look back upon it with 
genuine gratitude to God. 

The trip home was made safely over a new route using 
the Super Highway to avoid mountain travel and lessen the 
distance. While I was absent from Mt. Olive and Bethlehem 
churches the Rev. Professor Wolfe, teacher of Bible in Bridge- 
water College preached in my stead. 

It is a grand experience to hold meetings. One meets 
so many wonderful Christian people. It's very encouraging 
to know what sort of saints there are in the various churches. 
To you all we say May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 
be with you all. 

John F. Locke. 



IS YOUR CHURCH A 100 PERCENTER? 
The Brethren Evangelist in Every Home 

MEXICO, INDIANA, REVIVAL 

The good people of the Brethren Church of Mexico, In- 
diana and their pastor, Rev. Arthur Tinkle, called us to help 
them in a meeting. Needless to say I was more than glad 
to help them. We served as pastor of this church three years, 
and had held two meetings for them before that. So we were 
pretty well acquainted with these people. We remembered 
the happy fellowship of other days. 

As we went before that congregation we were impressed 
very much by the absence of so many of the older ones with 
whom we had worked. But a great number had been called 
to their reward, but their labors were not in vain. For it is 
is very striking to see so many of the younger people as- 
suming responsibility and carrying on the work where their 
fathers and mothers and older people had left off. 

We arrived on the field on November 2nd, and the meet- 
ings were closed on November 15th. This field is quite lim- 
ited from the standpoint of new converts. But every evening 
we had good attendance in spite of bad weather and other 
interferences. It rained nearly all the time we were there. 
But the people of the community came, and we had several 
delegations which came from College Corner, Loree and 
Twelve Mile or the Corinth Church. All these we had served 
as pastor in former years and it certainly was a joy to have 
them in the services. We also had delegations from Peru, for 
several of them came on different evenings. We have a fine 
group there. 

One of the fine things about this meeting was the cooper- 
ation of the Church of the Brethren and the Methodist and 
Baptist Churches. Every evening we had a number from the 
Church of the Brethren and on Sunday evenings the auditor- 
ium and all class rooms were filled. The other churches closed 
their services and they, with their pastors, came to pur serv- 



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ices. I want to speak my appreciation for Brother Walter 
Balsbaugh, the pastor of the Church of the Brethren. He took 
jreat interest in our services. We are happy to have him as 
jne of our very good friends. We also want to mention Mrs. 
Stockdale, a member of the Church of the Brethren, who led 
in the music in such a splendid way. 

The pastor does not live on the field. He lives near Wabash, 
where he teaches school. But regardless of the bad weather, 
le was present every evening but one. They were having 
jickness in their home at the time. 

But we would not forget the membership of the church. 
[f any one was ever royally entertained we were. Every home 
was open to us both day and night. We made our home with 
Brother and Sister Carl Fisher and a real home it was. I 
was just one of the family, and that is what we like when 
lolding meetings away from home. 

As to the results of the meetings we will leave that for 
the pastor to report. There were not as many as I would 
to have seen making the good confession. But we did our best 
ind left the results with the Lord. But we heard time and 
igain that never in that community had they witnessed such 
iine cooperation of all Christian people. 

We want to thank these people for their hospitality and 
the fine offering they gave us. And we praise the Lord for 
results which the pastor will report. 

C. A. Stewart. 



HELP MAKE THIS OFFERING $5,000.00 



BRYAN, OHIO 

We have been for a number of years trying to persuade 
Brother John Locke to leave his home and come to Bryan to 
help us in a meeting. With a little heavy persuasion we finally 
succeeded. He and Mrs. Locke came to Bryan on the twenty- 
third of November and they were with us for a two weeks 
meeting. Here again we ran into some bad weather. But wc 
had good attendance from the beginning. He showed us his 
pictures of life in Palestine, which I believe to be the best 
I have ever seen. And, needless to say, every evening he 
brought us a good message and drove it home with telling 
effect. Not only our church, but the entire community re- 
ceived his messages readily. We were loath to see them go. 

The results of a meeting are hard to measure, but the spir- 
itual uplift of the church is quite evident. And as to addi- 
tions, we have baptized and received into the church twenty- 
three, and we have seven more to baptize and the promise 
of others. That will make thirty, and a mother came to us 
and said that they were all coming into the church, and there 
are three or four in the family that have not come yet. So we 
cannot say exactly what the visible results ultimately will 
be. It was surely a stirring sight to see a whole seat full of 
young ladies coming down the aisle at one time and one of 
them bringing her mother. There are four young girls and 
the rest are from teen age to seventy-nine years old. 

Another sight that would stir your hearts was to see a 
father and mother and six children, the entire family, going 
into the baptismal waters. We will baptize again next week. 
This will make fifty that we have received into membership in 
one year. This included two meetings, one last spring, which 
was a good meeting, and then this one this fall. But we have 
been taking them in throughout the year. We are still con- 
vinced that the Old Gospel has saving power when it is prop- 
erly preached. We praise God for the victories won. 

Brother and Sister Locke have a warm place in the hearts 
of the people in this church. We had intended to keep them 
at the parsonage, but when they arrived we had a case of 



mumps at the parsonage and Mrs. Locke had never had them. 
So Brother and Sister Joseph Kerr, who always come to the 
rescue, gladly received them into their home and it was a 
good and comfortable home. 

C. A. Stewart. 



OUR CHURCH PAPER SHOULD BE IN EVERY 
BRETHREN HOME 



ASHLAND, OHIO 

During the first two weeks of December, it was my high 
privilege to assist the Pastor, Rev. L. V. King, in an evan- 
gelistic campaign in the Ashland, Ohio, First Brethren 
Church. I accepted the in\dtation, extended at General Con- 
ference, of Dr. L. E. Lindower and the Pastor, representing 
their Evangelistic Committee, with fear and trembling. 

However, the cordial welcome I received, and the whole- 
hearted cooperation from the first, assured me that I was 
among friends, as well as Brethren! The attendance of the 
Church families was consistent, even when sickness and zero 
weather descended upon the community. The College and 
Seminary personnel and the students generously shared their 
time and talent with the special services in a manner and 
spirit that was indeed gratifying. 

There are so many resident Brethren ministers in the Ash- 
land Church, that Brother King invited a different one every 
night to conduct the devotional service. I greatly enjoyed the 
congenial and sympathetic attitude of these leaders, whose 
loyalty, ability and sacrifices are known throughout the de- 
nomination. 

Music Director Allen R. Thompson and Organist, Mrs. 
Charlotte Teeter Dotson, and the choir arranged special music 
features for each of the services, and provided that leader- 
ship in services of worship which is such an asset. The gra- 
cious hospitality of the homes in which we were entertained 
could not have been more delightful. I was comfortably lodged 
in the friendly home of The DeLoziers. 

I was impressed with the harmonious and aggressive spirit 
which was in evidence in all our contacts. I was agreeably 
surprised to learn of so many families of splendid young 
married folk, who are working zealously and constructively 
along with those who have been faithful through the years, 
to the edifying of the Church, and in exalting and honoring 
our Lord and Saviour. Then, there is promise for the future 
in the large number of children and young people. The at- 
tendance in the three Christian Endeavor Groups on the first 
Sunday evening was reported to have been eighty. This in- 
cluded a few young people from a downtown Society, who 
were guests. 

Brother King and I were students together in Ashland Col- 
lege, and our children have been students there. Eight years 
ago, we worked out a very happy exchange of pulpits for 
evangelistic services. So, I knew what to expect from him, 
and his splendid family, in the way of fellowship and con- 
geniality. The generous offering the Church gave me was 
far out of proportion to the rather meager number of addi- 
tions which were received into the Church. However, Brother 
King has the vision of shepherding all the families of South 
Ashland who are not actively affiliated with other churches. 
He has made a careful survey of the entire section, and has 
a list of prospects which will continue to bring additions 
under his ministry and friendliness, and by the families and 
groups already active in the Church. Thanks, Ashland Breth- 
ren, for having made my ministry among you about the hap- 
piest two weeks of my life. 

William S. Crick, Johnstown, Pa. 



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Vol. LXIV No. 3 January 16, 1943 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



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LUST MINOU NEWS 



Arthur DeLozier has been called to the service. A year ago 
at Thanksgiving time this young man went to the bank and 
drew out his last $45 and presented it to the Lord in the 
form of Home Mission offering. It is with the greatest of in- 
terest that our prayers will follow Arthur. 
Milledgeville, Illinois 

From Reverend St. Clair Benshoff, the pastor of our church 
at Milledgeville, Illinois, has come the news that their Home 
Mission Offering has reached $650. Congratulations for this 
excellent achievement. This exactly doubles last year's offer- 
ing. Mrs. J. C. Lenhart is the Sunday School Superintendent. 
Hagerstown, Maryland 

From Dr. Edwin Boardman and his church has come the 
next highest offering thus far, of $566.65. This is a great 
victory for the Hagerstowm Brethren and for all of us. The 
Sunday School Superintendent is Brother Earl McCauley. 



Washington, D. C. 

This is difficult to believe when one realizes the obstacles 
that our Brethren in Washington, D. C, have faced. They 
have sent in $565.87. This is $254.12 more than they sent us 
last year at this time. When this gift in particular was re- 
ceived, it told many stories of faith and courage to the writer 
that many of you can not understand since you do not know 
what Washington has faced. This is a marvelous victory of 
faith; this is also a sacrifice. Congratulations, Brother Fair- 
banks and Brother Preston Campbell. 

Ashland, Ohio 

Ashland, Ohio, has responded with the grand offering of 
$544,53. This has been a grand achievement on the part of 
Reverend King and Elton Whitted, the Sunday School Super- 
intendent, and all of the Brethren in Ashland. We are proud 
of their achievement, 

Elkhart, Indiana 

Elkhart, Indiana, has sent us their check in the amount of 
$505. This is an increase of $182,20 over last year's Thanks- 
giving Offering. Congratulations, Reverend Flora and Brother 
Harold Plank and Elkhart Brethren, We appreciate your great 
offering. We are aware that you are also contributing heavily 
to the missionary you have adopted, Dr. Yoder, in foreign 
fields. 

Waterloo, Iowa 

Waterloo, Iowa, has sent in their offering of $371.63, 
which is an increase of $107.45 over last year's Thanksgiving 
Offering. The Waterloo church also pays one hundred dollars 
toward Magdalena Anton in South America. Congratulations, 
Brother Benshoff and Brother Reitz and Waterloo Brethren. 
This is proof of a real interest in our denomination and its 
ministry. We are proud of your effort, 

Johnstown Third 

We are happy to see the Tliird Church at Johnstown in 
this early list of leading churches. They have sent us $356,07. 
which is an increase of $250.27 over last year's offering. We 
are very happy for your determination and effort and we 
want you to know it. Reverend Crick and Brother Benshoff. 

Oakville, Indiana 

Oakville, Indiana, has already sent us their offering in the 
amount of $315.92, which is an increase of $106.44 over last 
year. This shows a definite determination and a real conse- 
cration and we are very much delighted with this effort. 
Congratulations, Brother Whetstone and Brother Kern. We 
will soon go to Oakville for a meeting. 

New Lebanon, Ohio 

New Lebanon, Ohio, where Reverend Clayton Berkshire is 
pastor, has sent in $307.23 which is an increase of $157.23 
over last year's Thanksgiving Offering. Congratulations, 
Brother Berkshire and Sunday School Superintendent. 

Summit Mills, Pa. 

Words of congratulation and gratitude should certainly also 
be given to our Brethren of Summit Mills church. $272.35 was 
tlieir Thanksgiving Offering, which is remarkable. We cer- 
tainly thank these Brethren and pray God's continued blessing 
upon them. 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

The good Brethren of Meyersdale have sent \,s the amount 
of $211. This is an outstanding achievement as is the offer- 
ing of Summit Mills and Washington, D. C, where Brethren 
have been faced with tremendous odds and still have been 
victorious in their faith and sacrifice. 



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Oak Hill, W. Virginia 

A short while back we received word from L. A. Myers, of 
Oak Hill, that due to the numerous projects they had under- 
taken in paying off their obligations and holding a meeting 
that he was afraid the Oak Hill church would not have a 
good Thanksgiving Offering. But Oak Hill sent us $91, which 
is an increase of $50 over last year's offering. Congratula- 
tion, Brother Myers and Marion Johnson. You two shall have 
your Award of Honor. 

Cumberland, Maryland 

Brother Paul Naff has given a good account of himself 
already in Cumberland for they have sent us $8-5, which is an 
increase of $74.70 over last year's offering. 

Goshen, Indiana 

Goshen, Indiana, where Reverend H. H. Rowsey is pastor, 
increased their offering by $101.07. They have sent us $197.70 
this year for Thanksgiving Offering. 

Burlington, Indiana 

Rev. W. R. Deeter and Brother Ray Brubaker, the S. S. 
Superintendent, of Burlington church have sent in their offer- 
ing of $91.8-5. This is an increase of $64.43. This is a good 
step forward for Burlington. 

New Paris, Indiana 

From Brother George Rench's church at New Paris an 
additional $98.50 has come in over their original $148.50. This 
is a $193 increase over last Thanksgiving's offering! This 
is outstanding for a church this size to increase its offering 
in this proportion. It is an unusual victory. We do thank you, 
New Paris. 

Gretna Brethren, Bellefontaine. Ohio 

The Gretna Brethren, where Rev. James Ault is pastor, and 
Banner H. Bush is Superintendent, have sent us an increase 
of $62.25 this year. The total offering was $154. Thank you, 
Gretna. 

West Alexandria, Ohio 

In spite of heavy expenses at West Alexandria, where Rev. 
Eugene Beekley is pastor, they increased their offering 
$76.08, sending us a total of $102.08. This church had pre- 



pared to take no further assistance from the Board last 
Conference, but due to unexpected expenses requested fur- 
ther assistance until this February. It was granted. Mrs. 
Mae Fuller is Superintendent. 

Berlin, Pennsylvania 

Rev. N. V. Leatherman's church at Berlin has sent us 
$325.62, which is an increase of $191.11. We want our Berlin 
Brethren to know of our appreciation to them. Mr. A. B. 
Cover is the Superintendent. 

Bryan, Ohio; Warsaw, Indiana; Louisville, Ohio; North 
Liberty, Indiana; Pleasant Hill, Ohio; Linwood, Maryland; 
Ardmorc, Indiana; Roann, Indiana; Lorec, Indiana. 

Notice that everyone of this group have also shown marked 
increases in their offerings. For instance. Rev. C. A. Stewart's 
church has sent us $202.33, which is an increase of $77.83. 
Warsaw sent $175.40, which is an increase of $71.95; Dr. 
Porte is the pastor and Mr. Allen Ohmart the Superintendent. 
Louisville sent $317.65, which is an increase of $92.65! Rev. 
Riddle is our pastor there with Brother A. E. Schwab as 
Superintendent. Rev. George Pontius, pastor of our North 
Liberty church has sent us $121.08, which is an increase of 
$67.96. Pleasant Hill sent us $249.74, which is an increase of 
$58.83, where Rev. Sam Adams has been serving so success- 
fully. Mr. Roland Deeter is the Superintendent. Rev. A. B. 
Cover's church at Linwood, Maryland sent us $152, which is 
an increase of $62 over last year's. Charles Messier is the 
S. S. Superintendent. Rev. A. E. Whitted's church at Ard- 
more increased their offering $52.45, making a Thanksgiving 
Offering of $123.80. Mr. Orren Raybuck is the Superintendent. 
Rev. Smith Rose and the. Roann church have sent us $110.34, 
which is an increase of $56.13. Lloyd R. Miller is the Super- 
intendent. Rev. C. C. Grisso's church at Loree has sent $184, 
which is an increase of $51. 

To these we are debtors with an obligation that can only 
be paid back to them by carrying on a mission program for 
which they will rejoice in the Lord. We pray that this may 
be accomplished. 

Correction for Oakville ' 

Since going to press with the cover page, Oakville has 
added $25 to their offering, which makes their total $340.92, 
or an increase of $131.44. 



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Sunday School Superintendents and 
Treasmers 

Now be sure your Thanksgiving 
offering is in by January 31 if you 
are eligible for the Honor Award.. 
It would be unfortunate to lose the 
award through tardiness. We must 
keep our date to be fair to all. 



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Next month's Missionary Board's Number of 
The Evangelist. We have some good news from South 
America which we could not include in this number 
because of lack of space. 




The Brethren Evangelist 

Spiritual Trends In the Present Crisis 

/. Raij Klinge)ismith What shall we do about them? 



For several months there has been coming to the 
American public through secular channels a con- 
stant reminder of God Almighty and spiritual pos- 
sibilities and realities. The radio, the newspapers, 
and magazines which are not connected with any 
particular religious body have given voice to expe- 
riences which a few years ago were practically un- 
noticed, and which possibly wei'e not even then ap- 
preciated. 

The stories of answers to prayer that were expe- 
rienced by men in lifeboats such as the writers felt 
were immediate responses from God to man's des- 
perate need have been numerous. Daily columnists 
have become concerned with "Moral Anxiety." A 
monthly publication of enormous circulation offers 
as its first article "Grace for This Day." Another 
magazine certainly not motivated by religious bodies 
ofi'ers as an editorial "The closer you get to the 
front lines, the closer you are to God." At noon each 
day a Hollywood studio presents a reading of the 
Bible for fifteen minutes, without comment. At Serv- 
ice Clubs speakers who have a voice with spiritual 
convictions are invited to return. Bible sales are 
booming in proportions that have never been known 
before. Reports reaching the Religious News Service 
via Stockholm say that the present persecution of the 
churches in Norway is resulting in an unprecedented 
revival of interest in religion which is shown in both 
the free and state churches. While about 90 percent 
of the clergymen have resigned their status as state 
officials, thus losing their stipends, they resolutely 
retain their status as spiritual leaders by reason of 
their ordination. Many persons impressed by the 
stand of the church leaders, have become converted 
to Christianity. Army and Navy Chaplains testify to 
the keen interest in spiritual values among large 
numbers of their men. Soldiers and sailors on trains 
and busses always speak with appreciation about 
their Chaplain when he is mentioned. And so the 
trend expresses itself in circles outside the church. 

Inside The Church 

However, one who is engaged in evangelistic meet- 
ings, regular church services and things pertaining 
to the already established Christian practices and 
customs could sometimes feel that the battle is 
going against him. Sinners certainly are not flock- 
ing to the church services. Meetings of special nature 
attract few others than the regular members. And 
among the constituents of a majority of the churches 
it is a matter of "business as usual" attitude. No par- 



ticular outburst of repentance is evident. No new 
zeal in soul winning or prayer is to be observed. 
Services are attended about as usual. However, offer- 
ings on every hand are increasing. A willingness to 
sacrifice and share is being demonstrated not only 
in the church but out of it. 

Religious publications that have heretofore been 
concerned with the social emphasis alone are return- 
ing to a spiritual and Biblical conception of life. 
Seminaries which formerly dealt almost entirely in 
the social "gospel" are admitting their former fail- 
ure and are now returning to a solid foundation of 
spiritual training and Christian experience. For in- 
stance, in an article published by "The University 
of Chicago Press' in 1942, the Dean of the Divinity 
School of The University of Chicago says, "Forty 
years ago the center of study in our Protestant sem- 
inaries was the Bible ; twenty years ago it was social 
action; today it is theology." This tendency today 
reveals the facts that denominational leaders are 
aware of the spiritual needs about us. If it is true 
that the great bulk of our church members in Amer- 
ica are not changing emphatically, the reason may 
be found in the fact that they never educated them- 
selves away from the original claims of the Gospel 
message in spite of the fact that their leaders did. 







It is like the claim recently made that "the people 
are ahead of Congress" if applied to the leaders of 
Protestantism. The common people were ahead be- 
cause they never departed from their faith in Jesus 
Christ and never learned to doubt the authority of 
God's Word and the value of the Christian experience 
through the so called "higher learning" ventures. 
Thus if today the secular press and religious lead- 
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America to become excited because it has been dis- 
covered that God answers prayer, it has exposed it- 
self. The Christians of America have always known 
that. Thousands upon thousands of God's humbler 
folks never doubted it at all. And if seminaries have 
suddenly become aware through the agencies of 
broken homes and war-torn hearts that their denom- 
inations were aching for genuine spiritual food in- 
stead of colorful dreams for community life, it is a 
real step in progress that they have overtaken them- 
selves and caught up with their people. It is also a 
mark of genuine Christian spirit that they are ready 
to contradict their owai former inclinations by sound- 
ing the trumpet to their followers to beware of 
their earlier detours. 

Something Missing In Church Life 

However the great masses of chui'ch people who 
would not follow these Pied Pipers into the social 
and political fields need not feel too successful in 
their own lack of adventure in spiritual things 
While they did not become "modernistic" or "social", 
and never repudiated the value of the great spiritual 
forces in life, they misrepresented those living real- 
ities almost as grossly as their leaders who forsook 
them. Not that they took issue against the Gospel, 
hilt rather that tkeij did not put into individual ex- 
perienoe the things they claimed to believe. Thus the 
personal habits of prayer, the individual seeking 
after God, the yearning to win individuals about 
them to Jesus Christ, the ferver for missions, the 
tendency in the home relegated the spiritual train- 
ing to the school and the adoption of worldly habits 
which made it difficult to appreciate the spiritual 
values of the home were about as far away from the 
real center of Christianity as the other venture. 

Humanity Is Still Quite Human 

Today all of us who remain at home in America 
must realize the things that have happened partic- 
ularly since the first World War. The great social 
experiment has seen its hopes dashed in that it in 
spite of its preachments the world is aching in the 
throes of the worst tragedy it has ever faced. And 
this tragedy is due to sin and selfishness and bad 
in the human nature. Dreams of unity have not 
changed man's nature. In the presence of this great 
caldron of terror, man has run true to form and 
sought for a glimpse of God. Those actions have al- 
ways characterized man in trouble. The book of 
Judges does not hesitate to show where the spiritual 
apathy of humanity always brought man. Read over 
and over again that "the children of Israel did that 
which was evil in the sight of the Lord. And the 
Lord delivered them into the hands of — " some en- 
emy. Then when tragedy had borne its fruit, over 
and over again, confession and repentance were in- 
augurated and the Lord raised up some deliverer. 



Thus the entire Old Testament abounds in similar 
propostions. 

Spirittuil Action In The Church 

A danger confronts America at home in her 
churches. If the secular woi'ld is discovering itself 
and God and the spiritual power of Christianity, 
and if the Church is not responding to the tendency 
by adopting plans and methods for reaching those 
outsiders which at pi'esent she is not reaching 
through her unbiblical and obsolete methods, we face 
the danger of fanaticism among the masses and re- 
vivals of religion outside the churches which will 
create more havoc than the Protestant Religion has 
yet seen. Our numerous sects and denominations will 
multiply themselves under the leadership of new 
voices by the thousands which will make the Oxford 
movement seem unimportant in its emphasis. Not 
that we fear a revival. God forbid ! But we have seen 
enough of men with zeal for the Lord and without 
ability to lead bring tragedy into chui-ches and de- 
nominations because of convictions which were right 
enough but wrongly handled. Present pugilistic 
movements about us give evidence to this. And the 
Church of Jesus Christ should put herself in a posi- 
tion to lead in spiritual things instead of disdaining 
spirtual tendences and longings in human hearts to 
the extent that they withdraw and organize their own 
cliques. Men outside the church who have won a 
genuine experience with Jesus Christ, or who have 
been introduced to Christianity through the personal 
soul winning of some friend in the hard business of 
the Army or Navy may feel an emptiness and lack 
of reality in our churches when they return. Surely 
the urgency of our need for Him will be lacking un- 
less there comes a glow of genuine experience in 
our lives that we are eager to relate. 

Another Fact To Face 

However, we need not expect that the overwhelm- 
ing majority of our men will return from fields of 
blood and dead and dying and agony and cruelty, and 
training in such, as a model Bible Class. To begin 
with, the extreme changes to which they have been 
subjected are accountable in no small measure to 
their awakening to God and religion. Attendant to 
these circumstances some good Chaplain or personal 
soul winner has been at hand when he was most 
appreciated. The extreme dangers of life, the needs 
of the hours, have created a great opening for God's 
mercies and grace. What when these have vanished 
and our soldier or sailor is again in our own midst? 
Will our interest be as keen? Will our own zeal for 
the Christian faith supplant the interest of the Chap- 
lain and the soul winner who pours out the simple 
truths of Jesus Christ that satisfy? May he go on 
having his personal prayers answered in our society? 
Will God be as near here as he was there ? Will our 



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habit of worship touch his soul? Or will we but en- 
tertain our Christian selves with the anthems and 
conduct of the church that we like best and expect 
him to take it or leave it? And what if instead of 
his being introduced to the spiritual realities, he in- 
stead has faced such horrors that his soul is chilled 
and hard? 

The Answer Is Ptcdn 

It is plain that if the Church today is not hitting 
the mark of reaching the lost it will scarcely do it 
tomorrow either unless it returns more successful 
methods of executing its commission. Sincerity is 
not enough. Many of us are sincere and still the sin- 
ners are not flocking to the churches although they 
are becoming aware of spiritual things in life. At- 
tractive and acceptable and personalized religion 
surely is the answer. Likable personalities must be- 
come usable personalities. Friendly hours in un- 
christian homes must be spent by men and women 
with good lives, that are not only good but are at- 
tractive. This will bless the ones who attempt it 
thrice and those who welcome it forever. The prepa- 
ration for this is a blessing. It will drive one to his 
Bible in study, to his knees in seeking the leading 
of the Lord, and to his own soul in honest query. 
The going will be a joy, for the earnest Christian 
thus obeying will then feel like a disciple of old 
in business with Jesus Christ. The church will mul- 
tiply in blessings to him then for those whom he has 
won will be there, eager, joyous, grateful. And 
heaven will be far more worthwhile, too, to those who 
learn this great secret of successful Christianity. 

The story is told that several men were adrift on a 
raft and had abandoned hope unless God should in- 
tervene for them. They decided to hold a religious 
service. But they did not know how to proceed. Some 
one suggested that they pray, but no one knew how. 
Finally one of them said, "Let's pass the collection 
plate !" Let us hope that Christianity and the church 
and Jesus Christ, while not excluding that, will mean 
far more to us than taking the offering. That offer- 
ing is for the purpose of taking more of Him into 
our own lives and quickly into the lives of others. 

Summary 

Great numbers of the human race are awaking to 
spiritual realities due to the conditions of life about 
us. The church is showing no quickening response 
to it. Religious leaders and seminaries are sensing 
past failures and showing eagerness to correct their 
cause. The church must prepare to minister both to 
the saved and unsaved that return from fields of 
war. Personalizing Jesus Christ and the Christian 
message will succeed in this. 



A RETURN VISIT TO 

NORTH MANCHESTER 

Because the North Manchester church and its pas- 
tor did not accept lightly a week's effort of a year 
ago, we were richly compensated in returning for 
another week just before Christmas. Manchester has 
gone on the budget plan in its local church. They 
have been adding tithers to their church contributors 
in fine proportion to the membership. They have 
placed the missionary interests in their budget in 
the amount of $600. They have placed the other 
boards of the denomination likewise within their 
program and are giving very well to them. 

Their attendance through very bad winter weather 
through this week of meetings was demonstrative 
of the finest faithfulness we have yet seen in a meet- 
ing. The crowds were good. Dr. Schutz himself is in 
demand everywhere. He travels by airplane, railway, 
bus, and automobile, meeting speaking engagements 
all the way from Pennsylvania to Illinois. If there 
is a busier man in America, we should like to meet 
him. During the moments of relaxation at home, this 
man is usually interviewing students and former 
students now in business or professions seeking his 
help. 

This was another great week at North Manchester 
and with Dr. Schutz. Thank you. 

This church has been adding nearly a half hundred 
members to its roll each year. 



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DID YOU HEAR THIS ABOUT CARLETON, 
NEBRASKA? 

A letter just received from Rev. C. E. Johnson, our 
pastor at Carleton, Nebraska, includes the last three 
checks sent to that church from the Missionary 
Board. These are returned because Carleton has been 
testing herself to see if she can continue without 
mission help. Now here is an example of a church 
that appreciates what her denomination has done 
and rather than take every cent they could get from 
us they have returned it unused. 

We cei'tainly hope Carleton will find a great bless- 
ing in this venture. We congratulate them for this 
forward move. Carleton is now among the regular 
churches in the denomination. Keep growing Carle- 
ton. 



January 16, 1943 



Anointing for Healing 

Results and Possibilities of the Service 



Dr. Warren 
D. Bowman 



During the past summer in Washington, D. C, it was our good fortune to become 
acquainted with the author of the following article. Dr. Warren D. Bowman and his 
entire congregation were very helpful to our Brethren of that city at a time when 
their assistance was doubly valuable to us. During our brief acquaintance I learned 
of his research in "Anointing for Healing." After obtaining his kind permission to 
publish the results of this research in The Brethren Evangelist, I then learned that a 
widespread interest had been given to this effort of his in church Councils and minis- 
terial bodies other than Brethren. Dr. Bowman has read this splendid paper before 
large bodies of ministerial associations. It has also been published in numerous denomi- 
national magazines. It is a precious truth which has always been appreciated and prac- 
ticed by the Church of the Brethren and the Brethren Church. Because of our thorougli 
acquaintance with his first chapter, "The Anointing Service," and our identical belief 
and practice of it, and to conserve space we will begin with Dr. Bowman's second chap- 
ter. It is with delight that we present it. This should find a warm welcome in every 
Brethren heart. Do not overlook it. 



The Present Study 

It was during the National Christian Mission in 
Louisville, Kentucky, in January, 1941 that Dr. Sew- 
ard Hiltner, secretary of the Commission on Religion 
and Health of the Federal Council of Churches of 
Christ in America, asked me to present a paper be- 
fore that committee on the Theory and Practice of 
Anointing for Healing in the Church of the Brethren. 
(This paper was presented to the administrative 
Committee of the Commission on Religion and 
Health, Federal Council of Churches of Christ in 
America, Oct. 7, 1941). I asked him to give me sev- 
eral months in which to study the practice. Conse- 
quently, letters were sent to approximately 300 min- 
isters of our denomination, stating the purpose of 
the study and asking various questions relative to 
their experience. The request was as follows : 

1. Describe the best case of the anointing that has 
come within the range of your experience. Please 
give details as to age, sex of patient, disease, diag- 
nosis, prognosis, and date of anointing. Strive to be 
as objective as possible in giving an account of the 
case. 

2. Describe in detail how you perform the service. 
There may be some variations in practice that would 
be of benefit to our Brethren in general. 

3. Give suggestions for improving the service and 
mention any cases of misuse that have come within 
the range of your experience. 

4. If you have an exceptionally good case ask the 
patient to write his testimony and send it to me. 

5. Suggest the name of any doctor of our church 
who might be acquainted with the service. 

6. Do you consider the effect of the anointing on 
the patient to be mainly physical, psychological, spir- 



itual, or a combination of all three? 

Around 150 replies were received, which comprise 
a rich body of material. About fifty cases were de- 
scribed which would be worthy of mention but space 
will permit the mention of only a few. 

Case A. Tubercular Curvature of the Syine 

This is an individual testimony given by a promi- 
nent teacher in our theological seminary. From the 
age of fifteen until the age of twenty-two, when his 
healing took place, he was unable to work because 
of Pott's diseases of the lumbar region of the spine. 
There was a structural lesion involving at least two 
vertebrae. Every known remedial agency had been 
used by physicians in his home county, and by a 
specialist in a medical college. Three times for one- 
month periods he had worn a plaster cast from hips 
to armpits. For two years a mechanical brace had 
been worn. There was no noticeable improvement, 
but rather his condition grew steadily worse. 

Speaking of himself in the third person, he says, 
"Through the years he had studied everything he 
could find in the Bible and in books and religious 
journals on so-called 'divine healing.' There was a 
growing conviction that it was for this age as well 
as for the apostolic age." 

At the age of twentj'-two, while a student in col- 
lege, he called for the anointing service. Continuing, 
he says, "The patient had full assurance beforehand 
that he would be healed. During the service 'he knew 
in his body' that a change had taken place. Gradu- 
ally the sores in his spine were healed, and no traces 
of active tuberculosis were afterwards discernible, 
throughout a long and active life." This healing took 
place about fifty years ago. He is still active and 
teaching today. 



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Case B. Rheumatic Fever Followed by Complications 

The following case was supplied by Dr. Ernest F. 
Sappington (a member of the Church of the Breth- 
ren) of Washington, D. C, from his own medical 
records. The physician's statement is quoted in full : 
"In the spring of 1914 Mrs. F developed a severe at- 
tack of rheumatic fever. This was followed by an 
endocarditis with considerable damage to the heart 
muscle. Several weeks later she developed a hypo- 
static pneumonia which was followed by an acute 
inflammatory process in both kidneys. At this 
time Mrs. F was about forty-four years of age. She 
was a member of the Church of the Brethren. Mem- 
bers of her family had been members for several 
generations. 

"Because of the serious complications it was not 
believed that Mrs. F could possibly recover. She was 
anointed by our local pastor and elder after having 
been in a stupor and coma for several weeks. A few 
days after the anointing the attending nurses noticed 
some changes for the better. This was the first sign 
of improvement noted. Several days later they noted 
more positively that she seemed better. There was 



sequently, an anemic condition resulted and was par- 
ticularly severe and dangerous because of her preg- 
nancy. She came to the Bulsar Hospital (mission) 
about Sept. 1, 1938. The doctors who treated her 
pronounced her case practically hopeless. The 
anemic condition was so severe that her blood, showed 
a hemoglobin percentage of about thirty. After a 
month of the most heroic treatment, the doctors in- 
formed the husband and me that they thought she 
would live only a few days, and they should call her 
parents to be with her the last days. The woman 
could not longer take nourishment, and was too weak 
to talk above a whisper. She and her husband had 
been taught about the anointing service in the pas- 
tor's training school two years previously, and in 
my Bible class. At this stage, therefore, they decided 
that they would ask for the anointing service. The 
doctors were in full sympathy with the move. 

"She was anointed about noon, and following the 
service fell asleep. She awoke about four in the af- 
ternoon, seemed to be greatly refreshed, and asked 
for food. The next morning she was definitely 
stronger, had become radiantly cheerful, and was 



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"Is there any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; 
and let them pray over him, anointing him tvith oil in the name of the 
Lord : And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise 
him up; and if he have committed sins, they sha^ll be forgiven him. Confess 
your faults one to another, and pray one for another, thut ye may be healed. 
The effectuxil fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 
5:14-16. 




a very gradual and steady improvement resulting in 
recovery. 

"There remained some evidence of heart weakness 
and of kidney infection. However, the patient lived 
for a number of years in relatively good health. Her 
acute illness covered a period of about three months. 
It was the positive conviction of nurses and consult- 
ing physicians that her improvement dated from the 
time of the anointing." 

Case C. Anemic Condition Following Makiria 

The following case was reported by Rev. Edward 
K. Ziegler, a former missionary of the Church of 
the Brethren in India. The case was verified by the 
author in conversation with Dr. A. R. Cottrell, one 
of the attending physicians, while he was on fui'- 
lough in America. 

"The person anointed was a young native woman 
about twenty-four yeai's old, mai'ried to a young 
rural schoolteacher in Vyara, India. She had had two 
children and was expecting a third. Malaria was very 
prevalent and virulent in the village where they 
lived, and she was a frequent sufi'erer from it. Con- 



no longer anxious about the future. Improvement 
was steady from then on." 

The doctor said that the anointing service had 
given her new courage and just the extra spiritual 
push that seemed to be needed for her system to re- 
spond to the treatment, and to start her on the up- 
ward grade. Within a month she was almost well, 
and the hemoglobin count had risen to sixty. On 
Christmas morning a strong and healthy child was 
born with little suffering, and both mother and child 
made excellent progress. 

A month after the birth of the child she was strong 
enough to return to her home and to resume her 
household duties. The young wife and her husband 
were convinced that the anointing service elTected a 
turning point in her condition and started her to- 
ward health again. 

Case D. Tuberculosis 

Another case reported by a physician is that of 
my own father, who became ill with tuberculosis 
when about the age of forty. The attending physi- 
cian, Dr. E. R. Miller of Harrisonburg, Va., describes 



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the case as follows: "He had a rather sharp attack 
of tyi^hoid fever which i-an a normal course until he 
reached the stage when convalescence should have 
begun. This did not take place. I suspected a begin- 
ning of tuberculosis and called Dr. X in consulta- 
tion of the country at that time. He made a very care- 
ful examination and reported that tuberculosis had 
set in and both lungs were involved. Your father re- 
ceived the report calmly, stating that he should like 
to live awhile longer to manage his affairs and help 
care for his family at least." The elders were called 
in and he was anointed." Following the anointing 
"he began to improve promptly and continued to im- 
prove until he was not only able to manage his af- 
fairs as he desired, but did much of the work on his 
farm." He lived twenty-five years longer, until the 
age of sixty-five, when chronic tuberculosis became 
active again and he passed away. 

My father was a deeply spiritual man and the 
older members of the family quote him as saying 
that he prayed almost constantly during his illness 
that he might be spared to rear his family. At the 
time of his anointing five small children were de- 
pending upon him for support and a start in life. 
When he died his youngest child had graduated from 
college and was attending a theological seminary. 
While on his deathbed he told my brother that his 
prayer to rear his children had been answered and 
he was now ready to go. No one could make me, nor 
any member of his family, doubt the value of prayer 
and the anointing in his case. 

Use in Connection With Operations 

Our ministers are frequently called upon to anoint 
members just before they undergo an operation. Rev. 
T. F. Henry, of Huntington, Pa., writes, "As I look 
back I feel that the best results of my anointing 
have been with persons facing an operation ... I 
like to anoint them before they go to the hospital 
or at the hospital just before they are operated on, 
that is, the evening before, and pray for their peace 
of mind, courage and sustaining divine presence, and 
pray for the doctor, that out of it all health may 
come." He says further, "I remember especially a 
woman about fifty facing an operation for a gro%\i;h 
in the breast whose mental condition was changed 
from fear and anxiety of an extreme form to com- 
plete relaxation and trust. It was evident in her atti- 
tude, and later after her recovery she spoke of it 
many times. 

A young mother who feels definitely that the 
1 anointing aided greatly in saving her life when she 
underwent a veiy serious operation in connection 
with childbirth, and for whom the doctors held 
scarcely any hope for recovery, says, "The service 
left me with an absence of fear that seemed strange, 
for I knew my condition." This feeling, which she 



called her "assurance," never left her throughout 
her illness. She says further, "I am convinced that 
it was the work of God, brought about by the prayers 
of my friends and my own faith in my assurance 
that makes it possible for me to be living in this 
world today." 

A few months ago the writer assisted in anointing 
a woman of middle age who was in a sanitorium suf- 
fering with tuberculosis. She greatly feared an op- 
eration which was to come three days later. She 
says that the anointing not only strengthened her 
spiritually but enabled her to face the operation with 
a complete absence of fear. Numerous patients have 
testified that the anointing relieved them of anxiety 
and fear and helped them to confront a difficult sit- 
uation with a simple, childlike trust in God. Spiritual 
strengthening and relief from fear can be strong 
allies of nature as she battles against disease and 
strives to carry on her work of healing. We, as min- 
isters, should recognize the great value of anointing 
prior to operations and encourage our members to 
call for the service \\'ithin a period of twenty-four 
hours before they go to the operating room. 

Should We Anoint Children? 

One question asked by the Committee on Religion 
and Health of the Federal Council of Churches was 
whether we anoint children at the request of parents. 
Our theory assumes that the patient must have at- 
tained the age of understanding and accountability 
if the anointing service is to be most effective. There- 
fore, the question of anointing children might hinge 
upon the age of the child and the degree of under- 
standing it has reached. A child reared in a spiritual 
atmosphere has a pure, simple trust in God, and if 
the anointing service has been part of his Christian 
heritage, his faith in this service might be a potent 
factor at a much earlier age than we are apt to 
realize. 

Several ministers reported the anointing of in- 
fants or young children when the request came from 
the parents. In practically all of these cases recov- 
ery was I'eported to be moi'e rapid than ordinarily 
expected, but the cases were too few to warrant gen- 
eral conclusions. Whether or not the child was bene- 
fited, the parents derived great comfort from the 
service. In anointing children upon the request of 
parents we should explain the service to the child 
as fully as he is able to comprehend it. The relation 
of the service to the child should also be fully ex- 
plained to the parents. While the child may under- 
stand the anointing only in part, or perhaps not at 
all, the prayers of the ministers and others cen- 
tered upon the little patient in connection with this 
concrete situation provided by the service could have 
a powerful effect in aiding his recovery. Might we 
not say that any religious symbol is worthily used 
when it produces a wholesome spiritual effect? 



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The Anointing of the Aged WJw Are Near Death's 
Door 

In the Catholic Church anointing has become 
largely extreme unction, that is, the last rite before 
death. The main emphasis is upon the forgiveness 
of sins. However, I have discussed this subject with 
several Catholic priests, and they say that they de- 
sire their members to call for the anointing eai'lier, 
so that they might avail themselves of its healing 
blessings. The reformers, Luther and Calvin, were 
opposed to the extreme unction feature of the anoint- 
ing and dropped the practice. This perhaps accounts 
for the fact that anointing was not carried over into 
practice by most of the Protestant denominations. 
But, as one minister has said, "in our effort to get 
as far as possible from Roman practice we threw 
away some of the good along with the undesirable." 

It appears that some of our own members call for 
the anointing as almost a last rite before death. One 
elder says, "In my experience as a minister, for 
practically sixty-five years ... I have anointed a 
number who had no desire to continue longer in this 
world. They felt their work had been finished, they 
had run the full length of the race, they had kept 
the faith, and were anxious to take their departure 
to the realms of the blest. They called for the anoint- 
ing as a spiritual blessing and preparation, as a 
great privilege and a means of special grace. I have 
seen many instances of comfort in such cases." (Har- 
mon, Glenn M., Toward a Better Understanding of 
the Anointing S-ervice, B. D. Dissertation, Bethany 
Biblical Seminary, 1933, p. 42-43.) 

Glenn M. Harmon, who wrote his B. D. disserta- 
tion in 1935 on anointing in the Church of the Breth- 
ren, says, "The anointing is often used as a spiritual 
blessing and preparation for the transfer from this 
life into the next. In cases of this kind, physical heal- 
ing is not asked for ; the forgiveness of sins and the 
commitment of the anointed one to God are the main 
issues." 

Might we not say that the spiritual value warrants 
the use of the anointing in such cases? We must not 
overlook the fact that James says in connection with 
this service, "If ye have committed sins they shall 
be forgiven him." While not denying this service to 



our aged saints who desire it as a spiritual blessing, 
we should emphasize that this is not the main func- 
tion of anointing, that its main function is for heal- 
ing. We should urge our people to call for it in the 
early stages of sickness, so that the best possible 
healing effects might be realized. If we should allow 
the anointing to become largely extreme unction, we 
should not only take it out of its original setting, but 
we should lose its primary value. 

Should W,e Ever Anoint a Patient Who is 
Unconscious? 

In connection with anointing those who seem to 
be near death's door, the question occasionally arises 
as to whether we should anoint a person who appears 
to be unconscious. In answer we must remind our- 
selves again that our theory presupposes that the 
patient is conscious and mentally able to enter effec- 
tively into the service. This condition is undoubtedly 
necessary if the patient is to derive the highest bene- 
fit from the anointing. Nevertheless, a patient may 
have called for the service when fully conscious but 
became unconscious before the ministers arrived at 
his bedside. Furthermore, it is difficult to tell at 
times whether the person is entirely unconscious, or 
is just unable to make his wants known. A few years 
ago the writer assisted in the anointing of an elderly 
woman who could not speak because of paralysis, but 
we were convinced that she understood what was 
taking place and entered into the spirit of the service 
partly at least. The anointing of those who appear 
to be unconscious frequently gives great comfort to 
the relatives and friends of the sick. We must re- 
member that Jesus performed some of his greatest 
miracles of healing because of the faith of the pa- 
tient's relatives. While our people should understand 
that a complete anointing, as we deem it, cannot 
take place when the person is unconscious, and that 
the full effects of the service cannot be expected, yet 
there are undoubtedly times when the service should 
be performed because of the faith of others, and the 
comfort it would bring relatives and friends. 

(To be continued next month) 
(The remaining chapters have the interesting 
titles, III "Anointing and Medical Science," IV 
"Making the Most of the Anointing".) 



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The home of the Reverend E. J. Black, our pastor at Sergeantsvllle 
and Calvary, New Jersey. At this writing Mrs. Black is seriously lU in the 
hospital. 

1 he two weeks evangelistic meeting at our new church in Dayton, 
Ohio. 



January 16, 1943 



11 



1942 Easter Offering 

We are presenting herewith the complete report of last Easter's Offering. This 
form of presenting it will enable you to have the entire record in one issue. This report 
was not complete until November. 



Central Dittrict 
Lanark Brethren Church 

.Mrs. Bertlia Anderson S li.OO 

lieginners Class 1.00 

Btrean Class 5.00 

Builders Class 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Deets 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harrj Engles 2.00 

Charlotte Flickinger 1.00 -. 

Mr. & Mrs. H. A. Gossard :J.0O ' 

.Mr. &. Mrs, lioy Greenawalt 10.00 

Mrs. Earl Grimes l.OC 

Mrs. Edna Hawbecker 5.00 

Mrs. Hane Hepnar 1.00 

Mrs. Rose Herrnian 1.00 

Junior Deitartment Jt.ll 

Mrs. John I^ock l.OC 

T. E. Lego 5.00 

Mrs. Riley Logzbaueh 5.00 

Airs. Allie LuU 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Martin 2.00 

.Mr. & Mrs. Theodore MUler 1.00 

Modem Marj-s Class 10.00 

Mrs. Luella Peters 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. B. I^uterbaugh 10.00 

Mrs. Sadie I'uierbaugh. 50.00 

Mrs. Sylvia Puierhaugli 2.00 

Mrs. J. E. Rahn 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Willard Rahn 2.00 

Jlrs. Clara Snavely 1.'" 

Mr. & Mrs, Harrj- Tallman 3.00 

Mrs. Florence Truman 25.00 

Kenneth Truman 5,00 

R. G. Truman 5.00 

United. Workers Class 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Man in Wenzel 1.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Wilkin 5.00 

A friend 5.00 

Miscellaneous S.90 5204.51 

Cerro Gordo Brethren Church S l.no 

Milledgeville Brethren Church 

Orvillo Allen S 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Kennetli Allison .. .. 2.00 

Ralph Allison 1.00 

Mrs. Ida Beard 1.00 

Dr. & Mrs. W. S. Bell 50.00 

Mrs. Dorothy Bott 2.00 

Frank Deets 1.00 

Gail Deets 1.00 

Mrs. EaRue Deets 1.00 

Evpready Class 1.00 

Mrs. Evelyn Hanna 5.00 

Frank Hutchinson 1.00 

Mrs. Minnie Ivicks 1.00 

P. A. Ivnox ..: 1.00 

Kum Join Us Class 11.50 

Amanda & Alice Eivengood 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Livengood 2.00 

Loyal Daughters Class .3.00 

Mrs. Ed Meyer LOO 

Mrs. .Melle Miller 5.00 

Mrs. Wesley Xesemeier 1.00 

Albert Peters family 2.00 

Mrs. Harvey Schreiner 2,00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Misrellaneous IS.-^O ?1.^0..Sil 

Udell Brethren Church 

Mrs. Ora Powell $ 1.00 

Mrs. L. G. Potter 1.00 

Mrs. Minnie Replogle 1.00 

Airs. Harold Spring 1.00 

Mrs. Sarah Whisler & Dee 1.00 $ 5.00 

Waterloo First Bre,thren Church 

Mrs. Floy Armstrong $ 12.00 

Faith Benshoff lO.OO 

Rev. & Mrs. W. C. Benshoff 10.00 

Joan Bucklin 1.00 

Glenn Brown 2.50 

Mrs. W. H. Brown 5.00 

-Mr. & Mrs. George W. Buns 2.00 

Mrs. .L F. Dietz 25 

Mrs. M. Dumbauld LOO 

Friendship Circle Class 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Gessner 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. O. C. Gnagy 5.0O 

Jennie Harrison 2.00 

.Mr. & Mrs. K. F. Hoard & 

Irlowaine 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. B. Holmes 2.00 

Anna M. Hoover 2.00 

Mrs. Ray .lohns 1.00 

.Mrs. Herbert. Jordan 1.20 

Junior C. E 1.2S 

Mrs. F. R. La Barre 5.00 

Genevene Klein & >Iay Lichty 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Dan Lichty 5.00 

Mrs. Ida M. Lichty 3.00 



Mr. & Mrs. U. K. Mausl 1.00 

F. H. McCartney 5.00 

Alice Miller LOO 

Emnia & Harry Miller 5.00 

-Mr. & Mrs. G. E. Miller & .MarUyn liS.OO 

Mrs. W. H. Miller 2.50 

Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Moser I,. LOO 

Mr. & Mrs. Mclvin Peck 2.00 

Mrs. P. F. l*uterbaueh 5.00 

Dale RuLon 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L. L. llulAjn 10.00 

Mrs. E. Van Schoyck 10. 00 

Mrs. Frank Scroggy 1.00 

Senice Circle Class 11-00 

Frances Shanlis 50 

Bob Smith 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Smith 5.00 

Sunday School 53. IS 

M. II. Thompson 1.00 

Mrs. Anna Weigliley 1.00 

Mrs. C. L. Woalsey 5. 00 

Miscellaneous 30.25 $2GG.t;il 

Indiana District 
Akron Cooperative Brethren Church ... 33.24 

Ardmoro Brethren Church 50.00 

Brighton Brethren Church 30.00 

Burlington Brethren Church 33.38 

Cambria 'Brethren Church 0,25 

Center Chapel Brethren Church 

Homer Bidlestctter .$ 1.00 

Mrs. Skillman 1.00 

Mr. & .Mrs. .lames Stone 1.00 

Thelma Stone 1-00 

Miscellaneous 1-75 S 5.75 

Clay City Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mrs. Martin Goshorn S 45.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clelus Long 5.00 

C. C. Lone 2.00 

Miscellaneous 35 $ 52.^5 

College Corners Brethren Church 20. US 

Corinth Brethren Churcti 25. Oi; 

Denver Brethren Church 

Emma Berkhiscr S 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. X. B. iBrower 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Rufus Carlin LOO 

Charles Eikenberrj- & family 7.00 

Eldon Fahl 25 

Mrs. Jlildred Flora 5.00 

, Junior Church LOO 

Harriett & Leslie Kitner 50 

Mr. & Mrs. Augustus Maus 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Cari Maus 15.00 

Mrs. Fern JIaus 50 

Ray Miller 1.00 

.Mr. & Mrs. Jolin Patton 5.00 

Fayette Shoemaker & familj- 3.00 

A friend 10.00 

A friend 5-00 

A friend LOO 

A friend 1.00 

MiscL'Uanwus 4.50 S 04.75 

Dutchtown Brethren Church 24.00 

Elkhart Brethren Church 

.Mr. & Mrs, Hernun Anderson S 3.00 

Mr. & -Mrs. Fred Baugher 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Berger 1.00 

Harvey Bowman 1.00 

Church 413. OG 

Viola & Catherine Decker LOO 

Mrs. -Man Defreese -. .50 

Mrs. C. R. Edieman LOO 

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Ehret 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Evans LOO 

Rev. & .Mrs. Delbert Flora 10.00 

Mr. & -Mrs. E. C. Feerer 20.00 

Mrs. Cora Gerney 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Gilbert 5.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Jon Loape 2.00 

Mrs. Ruth Mogle l.Ofi 

Mr. & Mrs. Porter Orr 1, 00 

Mrs. Ollie Pickrell 1.00 

.Mrs. Sue Piper 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Robbins 5.00 

Mrs. Leaffie Schmitendorfr 1.00 

Signal Lights 13. S4 

Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Smith 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. William Struble 2.00 

Mrs. Clara Wambaugh 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ray S. Yoder 1.00 

Friends 5.00 $501.00 

Flora First Brethren Church 

>rr. & .Mrs. Fred Allsbaugh ? 10.00 

Mr. &- Mrs. Robert Bell 1.00 

Mrs. Agnes Brown 2.00 

Kathleen Brown LOO 



Marj- E. Brown 1.00 

Olaf Brown 5.00 

Verne Brown 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Cripe lO.OO 

Susie Eikenben-j' 1.00 

.Mr. & Mrs. Basil EUer 5.00 

Mrf. & .Mrs. Rufus Flora 10.00 

Russell Flora 2.50 

Humbargers 1. 00 

Amos W. Kuns 1.00 

Mr. & .Mrs. Russell Kuns 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Mac Landis 0.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Monroe Landis 2.00 

George Leslie 5.00 

.Mr. & Mrs. KenneUi .Myer 1.00 

Mrs. Joseph Norton 1.00 

Mrs. D. C. Oaks & piris 2.O0 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Pope 3.00 

Vernabelle Pope 2.0(1 

Mr. & Mrs. Elmer PuRen 2. 0{) 

ilrs. Floyd Pullen 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow Robertson 5.00 

Mrs. Sieb-r ' 1.00 

Helen Sink 1.50 

.Mr. & Mrs. John Sink 1.00 

Sunday School 24.03 

Mrs. Fred Vorhees 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Merle Walker 2.00 

W. M. S 25,00 

:MiscelIaneous 2S.07 

A friend 32.00 ?214.L) 

Goshen First Brethren Church 

Delia M. Ford J 1.00 

Church 107.40 J10S.40 

Grace Brethren Church 

Irvin L. Coy $ LOO 

Mr. & Sirs. Carl Gawthrop 5.00 

Rev. & .Mrs. W. I. Duker 2.00 

Miscellaneous 30.15 $ 38.15 

Gravelton Brethren Church 10. 00 

Huntington First Brethren Church 72.00 

Loree Brethren Church 1(»2.54 

Mejcico First Brethren Church 

Ellen Ault $ 1.00 

Elmer Eerklieiser 2.00 

Toe Berklieiser 1.00 

Mrs. Marj- Bond 2.00 

•Mrs. Scott Chapin LOO 

Mr. & Mrs. E. 0. Donaldson 10.00 

H. L. Donaldson 7.00 

James Donaldson 8.00 

Carl Fisher family 5.00 

-Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Kraning 10.00 

Elmer Neff 4.00 

Rev. & Mrs. Arthur Tinkel C.flO 

MisceUaneous 4.74 5 40.74 

Muncie First Brethren Church 138.75 

Nappanee First Brethren Church 

Altruist Sunday School Class i 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Becknell 8.0G 

Beginners Department 1.4G 

Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Bowers LOO 

Rev. & Mrs. J. .M. Bowman 13.00 

Mrs. Lee Doering LOO 

Mrs. Ralph Douglas 1.00 

Mrs. Hattie Cunningham 15.00 

Mrs. Nellie Furney 1.13 

ilrs. Glen Geyer LOO 

A. C. Henley LOO 

Mr. & Mrs. Devon Hosslcr 17.33 

Mrs. Joe Hossler 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Hummel 2.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Lehman 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. T. C. LesUe 5.50 

Ralph Maust LOO 

Mrs. Onille McDonald LOO 

Paul Mellinger 8.GG 

Mr. & Mrs. Max Miller 5.00 

Mrs. Perr^' .Miner 2.00 

'Mrs. Raymond Parcell LOO 

Mr. & Mrs. Carlyle Pippen 2.00 

Everett Pippen 1.00 

.Tesse Price 1.00 

Dr. & Mrs. M. D. Price 43.00 

Primar>- Department 3.00 

Primarv' First Year 1.51 

PrimaD' Second Year 4.30 

ilrs. Amos Reed 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Sechrist 10.00 

Semper Fidelis S. S. Class 5.00 

Helen ShivpLv 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. U. J. Shively 18.Cfi 

Mr. & Mrs. Wanen ShiTcly 13.fifi 

Mr. & :Mrs. Dan Slabaiigh 0.20 

Mrs. Melvin Stuckman LOO 

Sunday School 115.80 



12 



The Brethren Evangelist 



W. M. S '•'"' 

Ed Wigley ■ l-"" 

Mrs. Melvin Wilters S-OO 

Mrs. Vcm Walters 2.00 

Mrs. Warren Walters 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Warren Walters 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Weaver 7.07 

Mr. & Mrs. Donald WesbriEht 5.00 

WlUiam Wldmoyer 22.33 

Jlr. & Mrs. Ed Wise 1.00 

Friends 2.07 

Friends 2.00 

Friends -"'' 

l^ ::::::;:::::::::::::::;::::::_oo ..o,..o„ 

New Paris -Brethren Ctiurch ISJ.i-l 

North Liberty BretJiren Church 

Mrs. Kditii EUlrca & daughter J 2.00 

Mr & Mrs. Pavid Gonser LOO 

Mr. & Mrs. \V. F. Hay 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Price 10.00 

Mrs. Charles Quigloy 3.00 

Mrs. Barbara West 100 

Mr. & Mrs. C G. Wolfe 25.00 

Paul Wolfe ^-00 

Miscellaneous 1^.20 S C,.5.20 

North Manchester First Brethren 
Churcli ^^^"^ 

Oakviile Brethren Church 

Adult C. E ? 5.on 

Mr. & Mrs. Grover Crochran 5.00 

Jfr. & ilrs. Kermit Cross 10.00 

Mrs. Mar\- Drunini 5.0O 

Mr. & Mrs. Guy Edwards 500 

Clifford Harr?.- 25.00 

Sir. & Mrs. Jolm Holsingi-r 5.00 

Robert Holsinger " 3.50 

Charles Kern l"-00 

yXr. & Mrs. Herman Kirklin 5.00 

Mr. ct Mrs. Inin Masters 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. L. McShurley 5.00 

Mrs. Eva Metzkor 10.00 

George Metzker 5.00 

John Metzker 5-00 

Optimistic Class '''■00 

Mr & Mrs. Walter Sollars 5.00 

The Kev. & Mrs. S. M. \^'hetstono ..10.00 

Mrs. Thresa Wilson *l-00 

Touns Peoples Class 5.00 

Sunday School ''^-S-'' 

Miscellaneous I'^'-^S f242.0S 

Peru First Brethren Church 

Mr. & :Mrs. C. D. ClinRaman ? 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Albert Eikenberry 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. Fawley 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Omer Fenimore 10.00 

Mrs. F. S. Haney 5.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. A. F. Halpin 5.00 

Mr & Mrs, Manin L. Maus 3-"0 

Inez F. Wray 5 0" 

Miscellaneous '^••^^ * *''-''■' 

Roann Brethren Church nsS'f< 

Roanoke Brethren Church 

Mr. .t Mrs. Elda Dennist ^ 2.00 

The Rev. & :Mrs. S. C. Hender.wn - . 5.00 

' Airs. Ethel ITorine ^^ 

Mr. & Mrs. W. D. Huiiike Ifl.OO 

'■ Mr. & "Mrs. V. Stoffer 2.00 

Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor l-^^" 

Mrs. Dora Winters 2.25 ^ ^ 

Miscellaneous -■''^ ^^ ^5-..4 

Sidney Brofthren Church 

Birthday ofTerincs 5 ^-50 

Mr. & Mr.';. H. D. Hunter f-OO 

Mrs. F. C. Trfnwell l-"0 

Neil H. Morris l-O" 

Mrs. S. K. Smith 1-f"^ 

Mr. & Mrs. W. R. Smith 5.00 

The Kev. & Mrs. Arthur Tinkle .... 5.00 

Miscellaneous 7.00 .« Hfl.Sn 

South Bend First Brethren Church 

.\rme Simday School Class $ 12.00 

"Mrs. Emma Bechtel 5.00 

Mr. & :Mrs. C. E. Colin 15.00 

ifr. & >rrs. E. A. Duker 10.00 

>fr. ^- Mrs. Harley Firestone fi.OO 

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Fisher -'> "fl 

Mr. & Mrs. T. .T. Fnrakor 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clem Garwood "15.00 

Miss T..illie Garwood Ifl-f^n 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Haenes 5.00 

Miss Alberta TTnrtman 15.0^ 

Mr. A- ^frs. William Heiermann 10.00 

Miss Tyillie Jpster 2.00 

Mr. A- Srr'i, Ernest Kr^^ider 1^-"" 

Mr. & Sirs. R-ivmond T.. Kun^ 300.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Willinm Meinkc 2.'!. 00 

Mr. & Mr??. Fred Miller ^-1" 

Mr. & Mr.<. Waynp Phillip.i< 2.00 

Mr. & Mr«:. William Ttoscoe 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Sholly 10.00 

Mrs. C. A. Shnrb 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Leo Smelt^er ^•^'^ 

Mr. & Mr^. L. Swintz 20.00 

Mr. A MrB, Dale Ulbricht 5.00 



Miss Eva ^NTiltmer 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. D. "V^Tiitmer 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. R. Yoder 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. William Toder 5.00 

The Rev. & Mrs. Claud Studebaker.. 35.00 

Miscellaneous 74.35 S559.35 

Tiosa Brethren Church 12.73 

Warsaw Brethren Church 

Ernest Becknell $ 10.00 

.r. W. Brower 5.00 

Chester Copeland 5.00 

II. E. Epply 5.00 

J. H. Lytle 5.00 

Harvey May 15.00 

Frank Merkle 10.00 

F. E. Robbins 5.00 

Joyce K. Saylor 5.00 

Jennie ShiUing 5.00 

.Toe ShillinB 5.00 

.Miscellaneous 35.05 $110.05 

Miscellaneous Indiana 
Mrs. Alive Crawford S 15.00 

Mrs. Margaret Hartman 2.00 5 17.00 

Carleton Brethren Church 

Mar>' K. Bates $ .11 

Mr. & Mrs. James Dudgeon 1.50 

Hulha Fegesack 1.41 

.Mrs. Fegesack 25 

Mrs. Haun Kenkel. St 1.00 

Theda Henderson 25 

Mrs. C. F. Hughes 50 

The Rev. & Mrs. C. E. Johnson 5.00 

LeRoy Johnson 75 

Keil family .50 

Mrs. E. E. Lichty 1.00 

R. A. Lichty 50 

Mrs. Lauren Lietsch & Audrey .... 1,15 

Mrs. Dale Miller 25 

KUa MiUr-r LOO 

Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Miller 1.00 

Anna & Altha Rachau 05 

Loctta Rachau 25 

Shirley Rachau .25 

Mrs. G. L. Whited 50 

Miscellaneous 5. 38 .$ 23.47 

Falls City Brethren Church 

Church J S7.32 

Primary-Junior Departments 2.7n ? Jin. OS 

Fort Soott Brethren Church 

J. L. BerrJ- & family $ 1.00 

Mrs. S. A. Ronton &- Ruby 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. S. Booton 1.00 

Marilyn Erooker .14 

Georgia Collins 13.00 

Mrs. L. D. Feemster 1.00 

Mrs. G. W. Moore 1. 35 

A. O. Sivey LOO 

Miscellaneous 5.00 $ 24.49 

Hamlin Brethren Church 

Bert Abley & family $ G.OO 

>Ir. & Mrsi Frand Cloud. Shirley . . 8.00 

Mr. & Mr.s. N. P. Eglin 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. S. L Miller 12.00 

Scott Shannon &: family 10.00 

Miscellaneous 10.13 $ 00.13 

M orri 1 1 B reth re n Ch u rch 

Mrs. Florence Eisenbise $ 1.00 

S. C. Flickinger 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Landis 75 

Charles L. Royer 3.00 

Mrs. N. S. Schock 3.00 

C. W. Yoder 5.00 

Miscellaneous 1.23 $ 18.98 

Mulvane Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mrs. Jet Adams $ 1.10 

Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Coleman C.OO 

Mr. & Mrs. F. A. Coleman 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. B. B. Davis 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Olen Davis 1.00 

Gar>' Leo Howard 28 

Mr. & Mrs. Lee Howard 1.00 

Mrs. Clyde Kessinger 20.00 

-Mrs. C. A. Landis 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Sherman 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George Wygel 1.50 

Miscellaneous 1.45 .$ 59.93 

Portis Brethren Church 

Mrs. Agnes Lemon ....$ 1.00 

Mr. & Mr=. Dell G. Lemon 5.00 .? 0.00 

Lathrop Bretliren Church 

Mr. & Mrs. Cecil DePriest $10.00 

Mrs. Nile Elliott 10.00 

F. L. Kleist 10.00 

Miss Petera Kuiil 2.00 

Phillip Mattes 1.00 

Ronald Mattes 5.00 

Miss Rosie Miniaci 1.00 

Peter Tacata 5.00 

Harold Wolfe 25.00 



Miscellaneous 3.25 S 80.09 

Mantepa Brethren Church 

Alice Dowhouse ? 100 

Mrs. Fonunr & children 1.00 

Elmer Gall & family 10. on 

Mr. & Mrs. G. Mathews 5.00 

Enid Ruth Sewart 5.00 

Lois Shank 2.00 

Dr. & Mrs. George Wilson 10.no 

Miscellaneous 100 $ 35.00 

Stockton Brethren Church 

Harr>- Dawing $ 1.00 

The Rev. & Mrs. Frank Gehman .. 10.00 

Jlr. & Mrs. Hahn 1.00 

Mrs. Mclntire 1-00 

Mr. & Mrs. Keppler 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lester Liddicoat 2.00 S 17.00 

Miscellaneous California 

F. S. Beeghly ..: $35.00 

ElleJi G. Lichty 2.00 $37.00 

Ashland First BrethreTi Church 

Mrs. Robert & Esther Abrams $ 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Anspach 15.00 

Wilma Baer 2.00 

Mr. & Mr-s. W. A. Beeghly 10.00 

Mrs. Orpha Beekley 50 

Mr. & 'Mrs. Dean J. Benshoff 5.00 

Mrs. Carl Bistline 1.00 

Mrs. Esther Black 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. David Boss 5. 00 

Builders Bible Class 10.00 

Mrs. D. L. Buzzard 5.00 

Mrs. D. Q. Carberrj- 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. Glenn Carpenter .. 5.00 

Mrs. Hilda, Carpenter 5.00 

C. E. Societies (Joint) 2.50 

Sirs. Zella Culbertson 1.00 

Mrs. .\. L. DeLozier 10.00 

Arthur Del^ozier 45.00 

Dorcas DeLozier .35 

Mr. & Mrs. G. L. Dodds 35.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Node E. Doggett 2.50 

Norma Donahey 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. .Jesse Dupler 5.00 

Mrs. Grace Flanagan & daughters . . 3.00 

Mr. & :^^^s. D. Lee Garber 5.00 

Donovan Garher 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Greer 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Hamilton 1.00 

Mrs. Ethel & Ruth Harley 12.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. R. Haun 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Hazen 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. W. Hildebrand ... 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L. A. Hildebrand 1.00 

Norma Hildebrand .50 

Airs. Anna & Martha Holmes 1.50 

Lena & Bessie Hoover 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs, Bert Imhoff 1.00 

Mrs. Belle P. Kilhefner 40.00 

Mr. & Mrs, M. E. Kimmel 10.00 

Bemice & Beatrice King .50 

Jane & Janet Kinp 2.00 

The Rev. & Mrs. L. T. King 5.00 

Glorine Kirkwood 1.00 

Mr. «fc Jlrs. J. Ray Klingensmith . . 25.00 

Mrs. H. H. Lehman 1.00 

Mr. & :\fr.s. B. L. Tx-wis 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. R. Tjonero 5.00 

Hc^rschel & Mrs. H. B. McEntire 11.00 

Ella McKibben 1.00 

Mr. it Mrs. E. G. Mason 10.00 

Phyllis Maust 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Miller 10.00 

Mrs. .L A. Miller 3.00 

Mr. & Mr.s. Carl Mohler 5.00 

:Mr, & Mrs. Clayton Mundorf & 

Beverly 1.00 

Mrs. Hattie Mundorf 1.00 

Mrs. Evdia Murray 50 

Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Newcomer 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. .Tacob Poorbaugh 1.00 

The Rev. & Mrs. Smith Rose 5.00 

Jlrs. Eugene" Rumbnugh 2.00 

The Rev. & Mrs. Martin Shively 5.00 

:Mrs. Sarah Shreffler & family 50 

Sisterhood (.Timior) 3.00 

Mrs. Ira Blotter 10.00 

M^Ttle Txtve Smith 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George Sohn 20 

Mr. A- Sirs. .L E. Stookey 5.00 

Th-* Rev. & Mrs. M. A. Stuckey .. I0.no 

BarbTra & Dickey Taylor 1.00 

The Rev. R. R. Teeter 1.00 

Mr. & :Mrs. Reid Thompson 1.00 

Tve Rev. .t Mrs, F. C, Vanator 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. B. Viers l.OO 

Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Weidenhamer 10. 0" 

Mrs. Lydia. Wertman 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Elton \\Tiifted -5.00 

Miss Amy Worst 5.00 

Air. & Mrs. B. F. Zercher lO.OO 

Aliscellaneous 18.!)5 S51R.40 

Bryan First Brethren Church 

Louise Calrin $ 10.00 

Afr. X- Alls. Howard DaVis 5.00 

Air. & Mrs. D. A. Erlsten 25.00 

Mrs. Alabel Fraker 2.00 



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Koy GaskiU 50 

Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Hageman 1.00 

Mayme Hengricks 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Hineman 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Jody 1.00 

Hazel Keiser 2.00 

Emma liimmel 1.00 

Ruby Kunkle 50 

Jlrs. Kalhrine Lawrence 1.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Harold Leonard 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Denver Lockhart 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. S. E. Lockhart 1.75 

Mra. Harriett Luke 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George Manning 1.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Morton 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. WOliara Musser 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. D. Oienrider 5.00 

Jack Oienrider 10.00 

Betty Partie 30 

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne I'attie 1.00 

Mrs. Del Peltis 50 . 

Mrs. Jennie Pierce 1.00 

Mrs. Sara Quackenbush 1.00 

Faye Ridenour 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Osc^r Robage 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Yerle Rotsel 75 

Mrs. Minnie Schad 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. EusseU Snyder 5.00 

Ray Stockton 1.00 

Mrs. Carrie Zimmerman 3.00 

Miscellaneous 10.93 $11S.75 

Canton Brethren Churdi 

Arlene Bechtel $ 5.00 

Mrs. Hany P. Bechtel 10.00 

Mrs. Harvey Bechtel 1.00 

Mrs. Susan Brown 1.S5 

Mrs. X. E. Clark 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Cordier 1.00 

Family Circle Class 25.00 

Mrs. W. H. Gloss 2.00 

Glenn Gotchall 1.25 

Mrs. J. A. Guiley 5.00 

Mr. & Sirs. Don Guittar 10.00 

Mrs. Ella Guittar 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Herbrucb 5.00 

Junior W. M. S 10.00 

Mrs. Gertrude Keatl^ 1.00 

Mrs. P. H. Krall 5.00 

Rev. L. E. Lindower lO.flO 

Dorothy Miller 1.00 

Mrs. Ella Miller 1.00 

Evelyn Miner 5.00 

James A. Noland 1.00 

Tom Noland 5.00 

Roberta Jane Noland 1.00 

Virginia & Man' Noland 10.00 

Primary Department . . ., .3,00 

Senior W. M. S 10.00 

Mrs. Odessa Smith 1.00 

P. M. Snyder 1.00 

Inez Summers 15. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe A. Watkins 9.00 

Mrs. Eva Welker 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Tom "Worley 1.00 

Miscellaneous 3.75 J170.S5 

Clayton Brethren Church 

Ronald Axrington J 2.50 

Miss Ruth Earnst 3.00 

Mrs. Ora E. Jones 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Loffman 2.50 

Mr. & Sirs. E. E. Zeisert 50.00 

W. M. S 5.00 

Women's Bible Class 2.50 $ G7.50 

Columbus Cooperative 'Brethren Church 27.31 

D ayto n B reth re n h u rch 

Mrs. C. W. Abbott $ 1.00 

Emma Bowman 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Perry Bowman 10.00 

G. W. Brumbaugh G. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Cavender .... 10.00 

Children's Department of S. S 5.33 

Mr. & Mrs. Horace Coy 35.00 

Grcorge Derringer family 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Erbaugh 2.00 

Mrs. Amanda Eyler 1.00 

Flo B. Fogarty 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. V. Fox 5.00 

The Rev. & Mrs. Vernon Grisso .. 10.00 

Elizabeth Hepner 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Merl Hicks 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Myron Kem 1.00 

Mr, & Mrs. E. L. Keplinger 5.00 

Leona Keplinger 5.00 

Mr. & airs. Ed Klepinger 10.00 

Mrs. Emmert C. Lentz 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. David Loxley 5.00 

Mary Lesley 5.00 

Walter & Mrs. Loiley 5.00 

Cora Miller 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Thurman Mitchell 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Moist 10. 00 

Sarah Newman & Dorothy 1.00 

Mrs. lona Ozias 1.00 

Pathfinders Bible Class 25.00 

Earl & Ruth Philipps 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ben Potteif 5.00 



Mr. & Mrs. W. C. Metzger 5.00 

Laura Prevo 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Sagers 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Schriml 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Roy Selby 1.00 

Maud Shock 1.00 

Mrs. Mollie Smith 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George Snell 10.00 

W. H. Teeter familj- 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. WUlie Teeter 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Tine 1.00 

Samantha Tornlin 1.00 

Sunday School 50.00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Norma Weaver 1.00 

Mrs. Valeria VThitehead 5.00 

Mrs. J. M. Wine 2.00 

Young People's Class 25,00 

Ray Tount 1.00 

Miscellaneous 3.00 $350.33 

George F. Kera Trust Fund 1(55.00 

FaJrhaven Brethren Church 

Jlrs. Clara Beegle i 5.00 

Mrs. Clara Ebert 12.00 

Mrs. Alda Keener 7.00 

Delpha Martin & family 5. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Henn-- Totten 5.00 

Mrs. L. E. Weaver 5.00 

Mr. & .Mrs. Glenn Worst G.OO 

Miscellaneous 22.10 J G7.1fl 

Fremont First Brethren Church 

Mrs. J. Baringer 10.00 

Mrs. Arthur Burkett 1.00 

Bernard Burkett 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Burkett 5,00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. W. CampbeU 5.00 

Mrs. Thomas Comer 1.00 

Rev. & Mrs. C. S. Fairbanks 5.00 

Mrs. Mary Hill 50 

Mrs. Jesse Metzker 1.00 

Annie Sauer 50 

Mrs. Frank Shoup 1.00 

Sunday School G.44 

Miscellaneous 24 $ 39.';S 

Glenford Brethren Church 

Church t 11.85 

W. M. S 10.00 21. S5 

Gratis Brethren Church 

Clayton P. ^Vndrews, Jr J 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Andrews 2.0O 

Sirs. M. M. Brubaker 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Roy Brubaker 3.00 

Mrs. Aaron Clark 2.00 

Marjorie Crume 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Denlinger 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Eby 50 

Mr. & Mrs. A. B. Flor>' 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. M. H. Focht 1.00 

Mary Fudge 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. N. G. Kinunel 20.00 

Mrs. Eva Leedy 1.00 

Rev, V. E. Meyer 10.00 

Primarj- Department 4.13 

Mrs. Mae Smith G.OO 

Mr. & Mrs. Roy F. Smith 5.00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harr^' A, Wikle 5.00 

Toung JHssionaries S- S. Class .... 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L. R. Zimmerman 1.00 

Miscellaneous 20.00 f 132.G;i 

Gretna Brethren Church 

George Buckenroth $ 4.00 

Banner Bush 5.00 

Jenny & Mable Deterick 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Emorj- Hudson 7.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. F. MUler 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Neer 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ezra Neer 25.00 

W. M. S 13.50 

Miscellaneous 12.50 5102.(10 

Louisville First Brehtren Church 

Adult Division of Sunday School . .5 1S.50 

Mrs. LOlie Bratten 2,00 

Mr. & Jlrs. L. P. Clapper 5.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. John Cook l.OO 

Jlr. & Jlrs. Emerson family 1.00 

Mrs. Benha Eshleman 1.00 

Glad Hand S. S. Class 5.00 

Mrs. Frank Guittard 2.00 

L. L. Hang 1.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Otto Jones 2.00 

Junior C. E 5.00 

Jimior & Intermediate Depts. of S. S. 12.50 

Mr. & Jlrs. Henr>' KarlosK-y 5.00 

Mrs. Bertha Keim 1.00 

Karl Kelm 1.00 

Jlrs. W. C. and Bill Lamb 5.00 

Ajlene Miller 5.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. Floyd Jliller 5.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Glenn Jliller 5. 00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. L. E. JliUer 5.00 

JIarie JliUer 3.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. JI. R. Moomaw 5.00 

Mrs. Catherine Myers 5.00 



Mr. & Mrs. Homer Newhouse 5.00 

Jlrs. Amanda Oyster 2.00 

Mrs. Hazel & Elmer Phillips 5.00 

Primary Department 15.00 

Rev. & Jlrs. E. JL Riddle 20.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. Jack Riddle 2.00 

Joan Riddle 1.00 

Mary Cree Riddle 1.00 

Philip Riddle 1.00 

Mrs, Ida Ross 5.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. McKinley Royer 1.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. A. E. Schwab 10.00 

Senior C. E 5. 00 

Pauline Sheets IG.OO 

Jlr. & Jlrs. W. E. Sheets 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Galen Sluss 15.00 ' 

Jlr. & Jlrs. James Smith 2.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. Louis Snyder 15.00 

Jlrs. Minnie Stuckey 4.00 

Jlr. & Jfrs. Calvin Teeter 35.00 

W. jr. S 25.00 

Beatrice Walker 1,00 

Jlrs. Mary Walker 2.00 

Mrs. Joseph Wortenbergcr 2.00 

Mrs. Thelma Wertenberger 3.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. John Youtz 1.00 

Jit seen aneous G.OO $302.00 

Mansfield Fir^ Brethren Church 

Jlrs. H. R. Beal 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Boss 1.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Lewis Cline 2.00 

Rev. & Jfrs. Elmer Carrithers 2.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. Charles Craig l.OO 

Jfr. & Jlrs. Everett Gullet 2,00 

Jlr. & Mrs. D. JI. Henney 1.00 

Mr. & Jlrs, H. H. Keil 2.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Herbert Longshore 1.00 

Jlr, & Mrs. R. S. Jliles 2.00 

Betty & Ellen Parrott 75 

Mrs. Sadie Peregory l.OO 

Mr. & Jlrs. C. C, Stoner 5.00 

Jliscellaneous 25 5 22,00 

Mount Zion Brethren ChuprCh 

Jacob J. Beery $ 2,00 

Simeon Blackstone 2.00 

H. B. Imboden family 10. 00 

Christina Poling ,50 

Elizabeth E. Welty 1.00 ? 15.50 

New Lebanon First Brethren Church 

Rev. & Jfrs. Clayton Berkshire 5.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. Robert Bisset 1.00 

Mr. & Jlrs, Dan Blosser 5,00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Vem Blosser 5.00 

O. F. Brumbaugli 2.00 

Mary Alice Dafler 15.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Harvey Dafler 10.00 

Marie Diehl 1,00 

Geraldine Gagle 2.00 

Mrs. Leona Herikle 50 

Mrs. Harry Johnson l.OO 

F. A. Keiser 2.00 

Jlr. & Mrs. Glen Murr 20.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. Forest Musselman 5.00 

Jlrs. Viola Petry 50 

Mr. & Jlrs. Harney Piren 1,00 

Mr. & Jfrs. Fred Purnhogen 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Seals 1.00 

Sirs. Cordelia Winfleld 1.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Floyd Wirth 1.00 

Jliscellaneous 12,00 $103.00 

North Georgetown Brethren Church . . 9,75 

Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church 

Mr. & Jlrs. Ham," Bonz $ l.On 

Ben Carey 45.00 

Earl Bobbins 10.00 

Church 70.25 $120.25 

Rittman Brethren Church 

Jlr. Sc Mrs. E. 0. Frank $30.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. I. V. ICime 5.00 

Jlr. & Jtrs. Henrj- Long 2.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. A. A. Petit 2.00 $39.00 

Smithville First Brethren Cfiurch 

Jlr & Jlrs. Han-ey J. Amstutz $ 40.00 

Mrs. Thelma Bodager 1.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Elmer C. Crider 10.00 

Jfr. & Jlrs. J. F. Curie 2.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. John DIntaman ; 10.00 

Rev. & Mrs. J. G. Dodds 5.00 

Nadine Dodds 1.00 

Jlrs. Ef f ie Fouch 5. 00 

Jlrs. Anna Gensemeer 1.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Crislie Graber 12.50 

Jlr. & Hrs. Harry Hartzler 5.00 

Alice Hoff 1.00 

Amanda Hoff l.OO 

ilr. & Jlrs. Boyd Hostettler S.OO 

Donald Hostettler 1.00 

Jlargaret Hostettler 5.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. D. L. King 2.00 

Glenn King 1.00 

Jlr. & Mrs. Ruben King 10.00 

Jlildred Kohler 1.00 

WUliam Kohler 3.00 

Mrs. Hazel Long l.OO 

Mr. & J£rs. Clifford Mast 75.00 



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Mr. & Mrs. Dewight MlUer 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Noah Musser 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Naugle 40.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Plank 1.00 

Mrs. Maude Rutt 100.00 

Mrs. Emnia Slioeniaker 1.00 

Mrs. Lydia Slossnagle 1.00 

Mrs. Mar3' Snyder 5.00 

E. L. Steiner 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Myron Steiner 2.50 

Sunday School 22.80 

Mrs. Nora Swinehart 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Weigley 15.00 

Marie Wenger 2.50 

Elizabeth Winkler 5.00 

Wooster W. M. S 10.00 

A friend 20.00 

Miscellaneous l^i-l^O $41^0.90 

We|it Alexandria Brethren Church 

Mrs. AlUia Baker S 2.00 

Rev. & Mrs. N. V. Berry 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Eakle LOO 

Mr. & Mrs. George Gilbert 1.50 

Rutli GUbert 1-00 

Sherman B. Gilbert 1.00 

Roy C. Holsinger 5.00 

Home Builders Class 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. William C. Keplinger. . 5.0O 

Viola Ray 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. M. Runyon 1.50 

Alma Smith 3.00 

ilargaret Wertz 1.00 

A friend 1-00 $ 2C.00 

Williamstown Brethren Church 

Church $ 44.2(3 

Sunday School 5.00 $ 40.2t; 

Miscellaneout Ohio 

Mrs. BeUe Fox $ 5.00 

Mr.s. Isaac Grubb 5.00 

Mrs. Ida Hiimller 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Holsinger 4.00 

W. V. Holsinger 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. B. Lindower 15.00 

William H. Mellott 2.00 ? 34.00 

PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 

Arientown Brethren Church 

Anson S. laim^ $10.00 

W. II. SchatTer 10.00 

Mrs. Marj- Turner 2.00 -? 22.00 

Berlin. Brethren Church 

Geneva Allfather J fi.OO 

Kenneth Altfatber 1.00 

Robert Altfather 1.00 

M. 0. Barkley 1.00 

M. 0. Barliley. Jr 50 

Mrs. Lloyd Bird 5.00 

Paul Bird 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bnyer 10,00 

Mr. & Mrs. U&rry Boyer 1.00 

Mrs. W. H. Boyer GO 

Mr. & Mrs. Fred \V. Brant 25.00 

Lawrence Brant 1.00 

Mrs. Susan Brant 1.00 

Woodrow Brant 1.00 

Mrs. Bertha Buckman 1.00 

A. B. Cfiber 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. M. Cober .i.OO 

Charles Cober 3.00 

Emma Cober 5.00 

William Cnber 1.00 

Jliirgaret Conghenour 2.00 

Hmry Fritz 1.00 

:Mrs. Homer Fritz 5.00 

Mr.s. Robert Fritz. 1.00 

Lynn Garber 1. 00 

Fay Glessner 50 

Joe Glessner 1.00 

Mrs. J. Jacob Glessner 50 

Mr. & Mrs. John G. Glessner 10.00 

Daniel Gregorj- 1. 00 

Mrs. S. yi. Hauger 10.00 

Mrs. H. G. Hay 5.00 

Mrs. Homer Hay 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Hepler 2.00 

Junior Dept. of S. S .S.OO 

Blanch Kimmel 5.00 

F. S. Kimnipl fi.OO 

Ida Kimmel 15,00 

K. E. Knepper 1. 00 

H. ^r. Knepper 50 

Mrs. H. E. Landis 2.00 

Rev. & Mrs. N. V. Leathermnn 5.00 

Mrs. A. J. Long 3.00 

Mrs. A. L. Lowry 1.50 

Mrs. James Lynch 3.00 

Marj' Menfter 5.0O 

riara Menger 10.00 

Mrs. Minnie Mengps 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Meyers .5.00 

Mr.':. D. Jay Musser 1.00 

Mrs. J. M. Musser 5.00 

Pauline Pritz 1.00 

Mrs. Pearl Pritz 1.00 

Mrs. Hulda P>ie 4. 00 

Thelma Saylor 1.00 

Ben Scheller 1.00 

Sirs. Jane Schrock 1.00 

>rrs. W. A. Seibert 5.00 



Harry Shultz 1.00 

ilrs. Harr>- Shultz 5.00 

Joe Shultz 50 

M'illiam Shultz 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. P. R. Stahl G.OO 

Svinday School Class S 1.05 

Mrs. Roy Thomas 1.00 

Ronald Walker 50 

Mrs. Howard Weller 1.00 

Young I'eoples C. E 5.00 

MisceUaneous 4. (JO $233.85 

Brush Valley Brethren Church 

Flora Byers $ 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Cousins 2.00 

Jlr. & Mrs. J. H. Crisman 5.00 

Nanley Croyle .50 

Mrs. Ida Drague 1.00 

Cecil & Naomi French 1.00 

Bessie Hooks 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. 0. L. Hooks 0.50 

Mrs. J. y. Hooks 5.00 

iMrs. Andrew Jolms 50 

Clar Johns 1.00 

J. M. Johns l.eO 

Irene & Catlierine McAfoose 1.00 

Mrs. Robert Mcllvaine 10.00 

Pinkertons 1.50 

Blanch Sinder 1.00 

Mrs. Garnet Slagle LOO 

Miscellaneous I.*i5 $ 52.15 

Calvary Brethrer^ Churcti 

Mr.' & Mrs. E. C. Hackett $10.00 

Mrs. Ella Race 10.00 

Miscellaneous 15.00 $ 35.00 

Cameron Brethren Church 

Mrs. Cassie AntUl $ 1.00 

Rev. & Mrs. A. R. Baer LOO 

Cbxistian Endeavor 2.00 

Martin Dobbs, Jr 15 

Mrs. Opal Gable 50 

Bernice Hartzell 25 

John Hartzell 50 

Mr. & ilrs. Annon Isiminger 1.00 

Leonora McCracken 3.00 

Harvey C. Bisor 1.00 

.Mrs. Charles Strope 50 

Mr. & Mrs. George Todd 1.00 

Mrs. Mel \ATiite 1.00 

Miscellaneous 1.S5 ? 25.00 

Conemaugh First Brethren Church 

Erma Amigh $25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Aurandt family .. 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Baird 10.00 

Mrs. Ida Barklieimer 5.00 

Russell Barkheiiiier 27.00 

Mrs. Alfred J. Bradley 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Herman E. Fislier 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Elmer H. Gillen 5.00 

R. B. Horner 2. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Knavel 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Leidy 50.00 

Miriam Leidy 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. I.ieidy 20.00 

Mr. & .Mrs. J. I. MackaU 20.00 

Harold K. Parks 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Rodger 3.00 

Mrs. Annie Rorabaugh 5.00 

Senior W. M. S 10.00 

Shirley Smith l.OO 

Mr. & Mrs. A. W. Stormer 5.00 

Mrs. Julia Wertz & girls 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. Wertz 50.00 

W. M. S. No. 2 10.00 ?302.00 

Highland Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Dague $ 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. JonatJian Moore & 

Jtildrod 5.00 

L. E. Moore family 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. B. Phillips 2.00 

Ronald PhiUips 1.00 

Airs. S. H. Smith 50 

Sunday School 2.50 

Miscellaneous 5.19 ? 2-1. ID 

Johnstown- First Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mis. C. E. Albeit .? 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Earl BenshotT & Robert 20.00 

Mr. & Mis. James Benshoff 10.00 

Mrs. R. E. Cimningliam 5.00 

.Mr. & Mrs. H. W. Darr 20.00 

Herbert Darr 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Feathers 00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Fitt 20.00 

Maggie King Frank 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. S. Fritz 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. B. Furr>- 30.00 

Mildred Furry 20.00 

Emma Gardner 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. .Tnhn B. Gunter 25.00 

Lem Htldcbrand 5.00 

Gertrude & Ida I^ake 25.00 

Mrs. J. C. Leckey 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Powell 5.00 

Mrs. Jennie & William Reed 8.00 

Sunday School S.OO 

Mr. & Mrs. Mildred Thomas 5.00 

Marion Trent 10.00 ■ 



Rose Varner 2.00 

W. M. S 100.00 

Miscellaneous 32.45 S391.35 

Johnstown Second Brethren Church 

Mrs. G. IB. Bauoigardner 1.00 

Mr. & ilrs. Lemon Berkey 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. W. Boyer 3.00 

Don Hagerich 50 

Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Hostettler 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde J. Kaufman 5.00 

D. W. Simmons 20.00 

Mrs. H, K. Smith, 00 

Sunday School G.25 $ 38.35 

Johnstown Third Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mrs. James L. Barkliymer ..$ 5.00 

Catherine Benslioff 10.00 

Air. & Mrs. D. F. Benshoff 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. P'loyd Benshoff 11.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Benshoff 5.00 

The Rev. & Mrs. William S. Crick .. 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. F, Dysert 1.00 

Charles & Florence Edmiston 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Figart 2.00 

Mrs. Norman Grumbling 4.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Hampton 2.00 

Mr. & &Mrs. Henry Holsii^er 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Howard 1.00 

Mrs. James Hunt 4,00 

Mrs. Catherine Iveifer 1.00 

Jonathan Kels 1.00 

Victoria & Helen Launtz 1.25 

Mr. & Mrs. H. H. Link 5.00 

William Rouser 25 

Mrs. Clara Smith 1.00 

Mrs. Lewis Stutzman 1.00 

I^slie A. Stutzman 1.00 

Mrs. Nell Stutzman 6.00 

Grace Thomas 25 

Sue & Rhoda Vickroy 5.00 

ilrs. Sue Vickroy 1.00 

Senior Christian Endeavor 7.50 

Sunday School Gfi. 11 

S. iL il 10.00 

w. ii. s 10.00 ?1S2.^.; 

Masontown Brethren Church 

Anonymous $ 30.00 

Edgar Berkshire 5.00 

Harry L. Berkshire 10.00 

James Brown 20.00 

ilrs. BeUe Honsaker 100.00 

J. W. King 5.00 

l-ioy&l Women's Cla.ss 5.00 

ilrs. Fred ilalone 5.00 

ilrs. ilatilda Sangston 10.00 

Miscellaneous :{il.34 $22 '.'.'A 

Meyersdale Brethren Church 

Cora Anthony f 1.00 

ilrs. W. L. Baldwin 2.00 

Mns. & ilrs. C. M. Bird 25. UO 

Charles E. Bird 10.00 

ifiriam Bird 5.00 

ilr. & Mrs. John H. Bloclier & 

Lynn 10.00 

itrs. E. M. Bowser 1.00 

irar>- O. Cook 5.00 

ilrs. W. B. Cook & Alice 2.00 

.Mrs. Emma. S. Fogle 50.00 

ilr. & ilrs, HarD- LaRue 5.00 

Irene, Naomi & Sidney Lenliart .... 10.00 

ifrs. J. W. Long 2.50 

ilrs. Robert Ijorenzen 1.00 

Mrs. Henri* Suder 2.00 

,\nna Bird Walker 10.00 ?141.50 

Mount Olivet Brethren Church 

ilr. & ilrs. W. B. Layton $ 1.00 

Miscellaneous 22.50 $ 23.50 

Mount Pleasant Brethren Church 

Clark Blansett $ 1.00 

ilrs. F. P. Eicher 1.00 

ilr. & ilrs. Charles Lessman 1.00 

ilr. & Mrs. John iluUen 5,00 

irisoeUan.'oiis 3.52 ? 11.52 

New Kensington First Brethren Church 

Jean Bowser § ,50 

Mr, & ilrs. Oliver Bowser 3.00 

Paul Ray & Paula ilay Bowser 37 

ilr. & ilrs. Carl Carlson 50 

Mr. & ilrs. V. J. Conners 5,00 

Alice Faith (il 

Beverly Fisher 40 

Betty Groves 50 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Harrer 50 

Carl, Jr. and Donald Harrer 59 

Junior Groves 11 

Clark & ilargaret Keller 21 

ilr. & Mr-s. Clark Keller 1.00 

Mrs. E. B. ilcGc-arj' 50 

Arline Mae Patz 33 

Primary Classs .25 

Sarah & Aldine Robinson 2.00 

ilrs. J. C. Simmermon 3.00 

Rev. & ilrs. Chester Zinunerman .. 10.00 
iliscellaneous LSO S 31.17 



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lu i et D cl I B reth ran Cti u TCfi 

Mrs. ilae jVnderson $ .511 

Mr. & .Mrs. George Hieronimui 1.00 

Burl Mackey 1.00 

Mrs. Basil McCracken 25 

Mrs. Sadie R. Wise 1.00 

M. J. Wood and faniilj 1.00 

Jlisfellaneou.s ''5 S 5. 4il 

Pittsburgh First Brethren Church 

Malinda Bird $ 1.50 

Jlrs. Anna Bole & Mr. & Mrs. 

I. C. Bole 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Burner & family.. 1.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Clark 7.00 

Mr. & Mrs. LeRoy Collett 2.00 

Mrs. Robert Friend 1.00 

Mrs. Man," Garland 2.50 

Mr. & Mrs. George Garland & 

JIarlene 2. 25 

Arley Kirby 2.00 

Mr. & -Mrs. L. 1'. Mackell ti.Oll 

Mr. & Mrs. William Nebelung 1.00 

Mursey. Beginners & Primarj- Dept. 

of S. S 1.50 

Mrs. WiUiam I'epperney 1-00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Preusser 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. William Raper 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralpli R. Rau & family 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Rishel 10.00 

Edward Sefton & Alice Sefton 3.00 

Rev. & Mrs. Floyd Sibert 5.00 

W. Speakman 1.75 

Mr. & Mrs. E. J. Stalker & family 2.10 

Fred Stalker 1.00 

Sunday School 13. 79 

Ira Wilcox 1.00 

Mrs. F. Wochley 1.50 $ SI. 42 

Philadelphia Third Brethren Church.. 12.50 

Sergeantsvilie Brethren Church 

Hunlila Dilts ? 5.00 

Sadie Fauss 1-00 

Bessie E. Fisber 5.00 

Mrs. Thomas S. Fisher 1.00 

Mrs. Charles Johnson 5.00 

Ida S. Leigh 5.00 

MisceUaneous 1900 $ 41.00 

Summit Mills Brethren Church 

Frank Fike S 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Inin Fike 10.00 

Mrs. Mar>- Handwerk 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Henr>- C. & Helen 

Hostettler 4.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Klotz 3.00 

Mrs. Clarence Maust 1.00 

Mrs. Will Opel 1.75 

Mrs. Galen Peck 2.50 

Mrs. Elizabeth Rishel 25.00 

Mrs. Mary Rishel Ringler 3.00 

Mrs. Har\ey Roraesburg 1.00 

Emnia Schroek 2.00 

Jlinnie Swcarman 2.00 

Elizabeth Werner 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George Werner 2.00 

Harold Werner 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Mahlon.W. Werner 50.00 

Ruth Werner 1.00 

WiUiam Werner 1.00 

Frank Witt I.OO 

Mrs. George Witt 75 

Maggie Witt 3.00 

A member 40.00 ?1G1.50 

Uniontown Second Brethren Church G2.50 

Valley Brethren Church 
Mr. &L Mrs. J. Edgar Berkshire ..$10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Gay Harkcon 7.00 



Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Hess 1.00 

Marion Kolp 1.00 

Mrs. t'harles Keslor 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. B. MUler 10.00 

John H. Miller 5.00 

Kalherine MUIer 10.00 

Luther MiUer 1.00 

V. h. Slahl 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. F. Stahl 1.00 

Mrs. Ora Stahl 1.00 

MisceUaneous 4.32 $ r,j.?A 

Vandergrift Brethren Church 

Kninia Berkey $ -25 

B. F. Buzard 5.0U 

Mr. & Mrs. Inin Kelly 5.00 

W. F. McClelland 10 

Mr. & Mrs. Da\id Stewart 1.00 

Doris Stewart 25 * 12.(>0 

Vinco Brethren Church lS'i.l4 

Waynesboro Brethren ChurcJi 

.Mr. ■.V- .Mrs. IL W. Good ? 5.00 

.Mr. & Mrs. WiUiam Kaultman 5.00 

Lvdia LaliOiaw 5.00 

Mrs. Delia Laughlin 10. Ou 

Harry Laughlin 1.00 

Mary Laughlin 10.00 

Vera LaugliUn 10.00 

F. M. Miller 5.00 

Mrs. Margie Minich 1.00 

Mrs. Laura & Donald Shearer 5.00 

Mrs. Jolin Snyder 1.00 

Sunday School 2.28 

W. M. S 10.00 

Mrs. Etlna B. Wagaman 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ira Weaver 5.00 

Mrs. D. C. White 5.00 

MisceUaneous 18.72 $100.00 

White Dale Brethren Church 7.33 

Yellow Greek Brethren Church 4.00 

Miscellaneous Pennsylvania 

Isolated member $ 1.00 

Cambria County C. E. Union 33.00 34.00 

SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT 
Bethlehem Brethren Churcli 

Mrs. E. G. Goode $ 7.00 

I Win Class 32.22 

Mr. & Mrs. H. A. Logan 10.00 

Mark Logan lO.OO 

Rev. & Mrs. Jolm F. Locke 5.00 

Mrs. P. G. Wenger 10.00 

Miscellaneous 17.00 $ 91.25 

Cumberland Brethren Ctiurch 3.50 

Cumberland Brethren Church 'J. 50 

Mrs. W. H. Beachley § 5.00 

Mary Bentz 5.00 

Mrs. EUa Bovey 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Camochan 5.00 

Mrs. Ira Downey 5.00 

Tlieodore W. Fahrney 10.00 

Mrs. J. K. Funk 5.00 

Mrs. Clara Hartle 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. I. Hereter 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. C. KepUnger 20.00 

Mrs. J. R. LaughUn 10.00 

Allen Long 5.00 

Mrs. Emma Newcomer 5.00 

Mrs. Angela Rcichard 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Braden Ridenour 20.00 

Mrs. Henry Rinehart 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Rohrer 25.00 

Mrs. Georgia Rohrer 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Shank 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. G. Smith 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. P. Spedden 10.00 



Mr. & Mrs. Oscar S. StotTer 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. G. W. Spellman 5.00 

A Roy Sprecher 5.00 

ilrs. Margaret Yessler 5.00 

Mrs. .1. M. Tombaugh 5,00 

Miscellaneous 23.04 $333.04 

Liberty Brethren Church .« H.25 

Linwood Brethren Church 123.22 

Maurertcwn Brethren Church 

Mrs. Eleanor <'ooley $ 1.00 

Mai-j Cnpp 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Romeo Fink IJ.OO 

Mrs. Frank Funkhouser 1.00 

3olm Punkliouser 1.00 

Home Dept of S. S 2.50 

Mrs. Charles James 5.00 

L. B. Kohne 1.00 

Dr. & Mrs. Louise Glenn Locke 5.00 

Mrs. Tiirah F. Locke 100.00 

R*v. & Mrs. E. L Miller 15.00 

Margaret MiUer 5.00 

Mrs. Charles Painter 1.00 

Dorotli,v Ritenour 8.00 

ilrs. Jack Ritenour 1.00 

Mrs. W. H. Robinson 5.00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Miscellaneous 35.04 $254.54 

Mount Olive BretJiren Church 

Mrs. MoUie Baker 1.00 

Mrs, VaUie Bowman 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Byrd 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. V. W. Echard 2.00 

Mrs. Henry Foley 50 

Mr. & Mrs. .L G. Harmon 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. S. Hinkle 1.00 

Ladies" Aid Society 20. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Leon Lam 1.00 

Rev. and Mrs. John F. Locke 7.00 

Mrs. Bessie Magalis 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. H. Michael 10.00 

H. E. Michael 1.00 

Mrs. Rachel Morris 28 

Sadie Morris 35 

Mr. & Mrs. Q. A. PoweU 5.00 

Letlie Rodgers 25 

S. M. M 5.00 

Mrs. A. H. Saufley 25 

Mrs. Maggie S. Smith 2.00 

Mrs. Ethel C. Speran 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Wagoner 2.00 

Mrs. Maggie Welberger 1.00 

J. M. WilbeTger 1.00 

Miscellaneous 8.91 $ 75.54 

Oak Hill Brethren Church 

Martha Brooks 50 

Dr. H. A. Duncan 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Duncan 5.00 

Bessie & Susie Fitzgerald 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Marian Johnson 2.00 

Rev. & Mrs. L. A. Myers 5.00 

Lora Simpson 5.00 

Sallie Singer 1.00 

Sunday School 5.40 

WiUing Workers Class 5.40 $3(3.30 

St. Jamei Brethren Church 

Irene Bloom 10.00 

Loleta Poole 2.00 

Mrs. Bessie Suraan 5.00 

Sunday School 21.00 

Women's Bible Class 2.5G 

MisceUaneous 2.00 $ 50.62 

Washington Brethren Church $295.25 

I lolated 107.50 



It is our humble opinion judging from the moving pictures of Dr. 
Yoder and his school of workers in our South American field that there 
could not have been a more fruitful investment of your Christian gifts. We 
believe the Lord prospers men and women with burdens for missions. We 
are grateful to the growing number of people in our denomination who love 
this Christian habit. 

Our ministers in their pulpits and our Sunday School teachers and 
officers are largely responsible for the burning compulsion that many of 
us feel in relation to the missionary enterprise. We thank God for these 
Brethren preachers and leaders who are making this Great Commission 
real in the Brethren Church. J. R. K. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Our Children's 




Department 



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Mrs. boretta Carrithers 
Superintendent 



Dear Children: 

The other day when I was sitting in a bus and began look- 
ing around, I saw a picture up above one of the windows 
of a man with a very cheerful smile. Under the picture it 
said, "We have a smile for you!" The man whose picture it 
was is ,the manager of a savings bank, and what he meant 
you to understand, by having his cheerful face and that "We 
have a smile for you!" there in the car, was that if you come 
to his bank he will shake hands and take the dollar you 
bring to put there just as if he were taking a rich man's 
thousand dollars, and seem just as glad to see you as if you 
were his dearest friend. By being pleasant and welcoming 
like that he thinks that a great many people would want 
to come to his bank. 

You know how it is, too, when you go into stores and buy 
something you want. Some times it seems as though all the 
clerks there were saying "We have a smile for you!" They 
■ come hurrying forward to see what you want and show you 
everything they have and try to find exactly the thing you 
are looking for. Then you think that is a nice store from 
which to come and buy things, and tell all your friends to go 
there too. But sometimes you go into a store where every- 
thing is very different. The clerks look at you over their 
shoulders from behind the counters and come lagging along 
as though they did not care whether they waited on you or 
not. They looked as though they were sorry you came in 
and you commence to think you are sorry yourself. The next 
time you want to buy anything you do not go to that store, 
and you tell other boys and girls that you would not advise 
them to go either. 

People who manage stores have to be very careful to have 
the "We have a smile for you!" kind of clerks. They know 
that clerks like these increase business, because people want 
to come to the stores where they are. They know they must 
get rid of the kind of clerks who look grumpy and out of 
temper when you come in. They say, "That may be a nice 
' man, he may treat his family very well, and not have any 
other bad habits, but he is so doleful and gloomy in his ways 
he is no kind of clerk to have in a store." So they tell him 
that they don't need him any more, and out he goes. 

That is the way people do when they think about the busi- 
ness in which they are making money. But there is a bigger 
and finer thing even than that kind of business. It is the 
work of God which you and I are called to do. We must be 
wanting to make God's place so pleasant and welcoming that 
everybody will want to come and find the things God has 
for them. 

I wonder if you ever noticed among boys and girls, and 
men and women, too, the diff:erence between those who look 
as though they were saying, "We have a smile for you!" and 
the other kind who seem to say something different. A new 
boy comes into the Sunday School class, and the other boys 
look him all over with an unfriendly stare, as much as to 



say, "Well, what is he coming for?" A new girl comes into 
the class, and if her clothes are not as fine as some of the 
others perhaps those others look at her as much as to say, 
"Now I wonder who she is?" And then in church on Sunday 
morning or Sunday evening when a stranger comes in, there 
are some people who will turn around very sharply, as though 
they had suddenly got an exceedingly sharp pain in the back 
of their necks, or edge around in the corner of a seat, very 
much like Miss Muffet, made uncomfortable because a large 
spider had suddenly dropped down in her neighborhood. Do 
you suppose boys and girls, and men and women who get 
that kind of look want to come back to that kind of Sunday 
School or Church ? No. They say, "The people in that Sunday 
School and that Church may be very good in some respects 
but they do not make you think they want you to be there. 
The next time I am going somewhere else." 

But the pleasant thing is that there are always a great 
many people in God's house who are like the man with the 
cheerful smile, who wanted every one to think he was saying, 
"'We have a smile for you!" When new scholars come to the 
Sunday School, and strangers come to the Church, they are 
just as glad as they can be. They make a place for them on 
the seat, and introduce them to the other boys and girls, and 
tell them what the lesson is, or the number of the hymn. 
After the service they make them feel welcome. Every one 
who has been treated like that goes away feeling they had 
been near to God, because God's children had treated them 
in God's loving way. 

Wouldn't it be nice if we could carry on our faces always 
a look that made everybody know that we were saying, "We 
have a smile for you?" 

With love, in Christ's Name 

Aunt Loretta. 



Lord, make me an instrument of 
Your peace! 

Where there is hatred, let me sow love. 
Where there is injury, pardon. 
Where there is doubt, faith. 
Where there is despair, hope. 
Where there is darkness, light. 
Where there is sadness, joy. 

0, divine Master, grant that 

I may not so much seek 

To be consoled, as to console; 

To be understood, as to understand; 

To be loved, as to love; for 

It is in giving that we receive. 

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. 

It is in dying that we are borne to Eternal Life. 

— Prayer, St. Francis of Assissi. 



OUR DEFENSE 

By Irwin E. Bradfield 

If Jesus were to have His place 

In plans for our defense; 
Our efforts for the nation's weal 

Would take on strength and sense; 
And right to live and toil in peace 

Would be our first defense. 



January 16, 1943 



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PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Prayer Meeting Topics 

LESSON 11 
Subject: The Remedy of The World's Misery 

1. The only remedy for the present distress of the world 
is in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, shed on the cross. 
Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:20; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 6. 

2. Why doesn't God stop the war? Because man is a free 
responsible being, and man made the war. Jeremiah 2:13; 
Jeremiah 2:32. 

3. The curse came into the world through one man, Adam. 
The Lord Jesus Christ became a man in order to redeem 
us from the curse. 1 Corinthians 15:45. 

4. Man's sweat was part of the curse of the human race. 
When Christ took the curse upon himself he sweat great 
drops of blood. Luke 22:44. 

5. The first Adam broke the law. The last Adam, Christ, 
kept the law. Matthew 5:17, 18. 

6. Thorns and thistles were part of the curse. So the sol- 
diers pressed a crown of thorns on the sacred head of the 
Christ. Matthew 27:29; 1 John 3:8. 

7. Death was the consequence of the curse. So the Lord 
Jesus died in order to redeem us from eternal death. Genesis 
3:19; Genesis 5:5; 11 Timothy 1:10. 

8. Through the curse of sin, the human race was driven 
from the presence of God. But through the acceptance of 
Christ, we are brought again to him. 1 Peter 1:18, 19; Ephe- 
sians 2:13. 

9. The first Adam ate the forbidden fruit and was denied 
the fruit of life, lest he live forever in sin. The last Adam, 
through his death on the tree, restored access to the tree of 
life in glory. Revelation 2:7. 

10. The first Adam was the head of a fallen race. The last 
Adam, our Lord Jesus Christ, is the head of a new creation. 
11 Corinthians 5:17. 



The Bible is the high-water mark of literature. The sublime 
beauty of thought, feeling and expression enshrined in its sim- 
ple but sonorous phrases has shone undimmed through the 
centuries. It is more widely loved and revered and read than 
any other book. Even so, our tragedy is that the Bible is not 
read enough, pondered enough, followed enough. — Cordell 
Hull, Secretary of State, U. S. 

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T A CORRECTION ? 

f In a recent issue of The Evangelist, in my "News ? 

? from the College and Seminary" I made the statement j. 
I that the College had received a gift of $1,000.00 from T 
Ira C. Wilcox. This was an error. Please note. + 

E. G. Mason, t 



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WHO WILL BE FIRST 

TO SEND IN 

THE 

PUBLICATION DAY 

OFFERING 

? ? ? ? 

Because we want to be perfectly fair in this 
matter, we are not judging this by the first 
one to arrive in our offices, BUT by the 
POST MARK on the letter which contains 
the check. Thus it becomes a matter of WHO 
MAILS IT THE EARLIEST. 

NOW LET US SEE WHO 
WILL BE FIRST 

Make Checks to: 

Th« Brethren Publishing Co. 










•| Offering Date January 24th 

X 

BEATITUDES FOR THE CONGREGATION 

1. Blessed is the congregation that loves and re- 
spects its minister. 

2. Blessed is the congregation that plans to help 
its minister grow into his ministry. 

3. Blessed is the congregation that realizes its min- 
ister has many personal burdens to bear the 
same as do individual members. 

4. Blessed is the congregation that practices toler- 
ance and the golden rule at all times toward its 
minister and his family. 

5. Blessed are the homes in a congregation in 
which gossip concerning the minister is never 
heard. 

6. Blessed is the congregation which does not make 
a "servant" and taxi driver out of its minister. 

7. Blessed is the congregation whose members do 
not sit in the seat of the scornful. 

8. Blessed is the congregation that helps to have its 
minister esteemed in the neighborhood and 
among other denominations. 

9. Blessed is the congregation that looks to its min- 
ister as to a spiritual guide. 

10. Blessed is the congregation that does not cru- 
cify its pastor. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Argentine Stories 

Silverio Ojeda 

It may be of interest to Evangelist readers to 
know of a prisoner in an Argentine prison who is 
studying Brethren doctrine and winning souls among 
the prisoners. 

Miss AHce Wood is a missionary from Canada who 
has a group of missions in the province of Buenos 
Aires, with the large town of Veinte Cinco de Mayo 
as the center. She has invited me to attend their an- 
nual conference and give them another series of doc- 
trinal studies. In her work she uses as a text for 
such studies my booklet entitled La Fe del EvangeUo 
(Gospel Faith). She writes the following about the 
prisoner named above: 

"Brother Yoder, I want to tell you about Silverio 
Ojeda, a convert in the penitentiary in La Plata. He 
was educated to be a priest. Next he studied in a 
military school, then he became an officer, and while 
travelling for the war department, he visited our 
mission here. Soon after his dear wife was attacked 
and while defending her and himself he shot a man. 
He had been married less than a year. He has been in 
prison two years and may have five more. He talks 
with the prisoners and some have been converted. 
He writes articles which are being published in Ar- 
gentine papers. His wife lives in Avellaneda where 
missionaries have visited her. Ojeda is only thirty- 
seven years old, and I believe the Lord is preparing 
him for a very useful life. I send him literature to 
read and here is what he says about your book Gos- 
pel Faith which he is studying closely, "I do not have 
words to exalt so great a work. It is very enlighten- 
ing and of great value for all who have the good for- 
tune to read its pages. Please give my congratula- 
tions to the author when you have opportunity." In 
a more recent letter he says, "The book by Dr. Yoder 
is of very great help to me in these times of trial." 
He would be delighted if you could visit him. You 
know what the Word says about visiting "them that 
are in bonds as bound with them." At first I felt 
ashamed to be writing to a criminal, but now that 
I know him better and his beautiful Christian char- 
acter I feel it a privilege to comfort him. 

I will also write to this man, and if I can arrange 
to do so, when I visit Buenos Aires in January I will 
go on to La Plata to visit him. Readers will do well 
to add his name to their prayer lists. Many of God's 
chosen workers have had prison experiences. 

C. F. Yoder. 



HUNTINGTON, INDIANA 

We have no big boasts to make for the Huntington Breth- 
ren for accomplishments that show on the surface, but we 
are still striving forward in the name of the Lord. We re- 
joice in the many evidences of the presence, power and lead- 
ing of God and the blessings He has bestowed upon us. 

Except for a small but encouraging increase in our Chil- 
dren's Division of the Church School, our attendance has 
been somewhat reduced because of the young men who have 
been called into the war effort and others who have been en- 
gaged in the defense effort. This has had a serious effect upon 
our work and worship, but we trust God to raise up other 
leaders and workers to take the places of those who have 
been removed from us. The faithful ones continue faithful 
and are truly growing in grace and in the knowledge and 
power of God. They are indeed "A joy and a Crown" to any 
pastor. Others are noticeably becoming more interested in the 
work. Of these we have hope also. 

In spite of the fact that some have been removed from us ' 
and their incomes have been reduced, our finances have kept 
up well. All offerings for the general interests of the church 
have been taken care of, with increase beyond that of pre- 
vious years. We have been particularly happy over our offer- 
ings for missions. Several have adopted the tithing plan and 
are glad of it. 

We rejoice and give thanks to God that we have had no 
strife nor contention to disrupt our work and worship. 
Through the unceasing prayers, consistent living and earnest 
devotion of the faithful ones God has been able to protect ua 
from diversive and disturbing influences and keep us in peace 
and harmony. Not that we have not been threatened, but 
God has delivered us. That which might have weakened us 
seems only to have strengthened us. "Thanks be unto God, 
who always causeth us to triumph in Christ" (2 Cor. 2:14). 
We have had many evidences of the value and importance 
of prayer and of the faithfulness of God. We crave a con- 
tinued interest in the prayers of all. 

H. M. Oberholtzer, pastor. 



NEW KENSINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA 

We are happy to report two new organizations at 
New Kensington. Just a few days ago both a Jr. S. 
M. M. and a boy's Brotherhood were organized. 
There are eight charter members in each group with 
good promise of more members for each. 

The Jr. S. M. M. has held its second meeting and 
is fully organized. A special feature of the last meet- 
ing was a Christmas gift exchange which was en- 
joyed by all. They are using the Outlook topics and 
working hard to be an Honor society. They had a 
practice period in using parliamentary procedure in 
which they showed aptitude. 

The Brotherhood of David and Jonathori will have 
had its second meeting by the time you have read 
this. They are studying about missionary heroes. 
Each member takes part in prayer and in the pro- 
gram. After the organization meeting the Brother- 
hood went for a short hike. The members are look- 
ing forward to being one of the best societies in the 
Brotherhood. 

Chester F. Zimmerman. 



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Outstanding Gifts \\ 

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The following names are those of Brethren who are among the \ \ 

largest personal contributors of our Brethren denomination. To say that \ \ 

their sacrifice is larger than some who gave less would be an untruth, for V ' 

who knows the motives but the Lord. Nevertheless, these people have faith- 
fully and repeatedly shown a faith and interest in the Gospel challenge of 
missions. There are hundreds whose faithful gifts alone time and again 
carry on this work. 



Erma Amigh 

Mr. & Mis. Harvey Amstutz 
F. S. Beeghly 

Dr. & Mrs. W. S. BeU 

Mr. & Mrs Earl Benshoff 
Mr & Mrs. Fred W. Brant 
Ben Carey 

Hughla Diltz 

Arthur DeLozier 

Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Fitt 
Mrs. Emma Fogle 

Mr. & Mrs. E. 0. Frank 
Mr. & Mrs. Martin Goshorn 
Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Haliday 

Mrs. Belle Honsaker 

Mr. & Mrs. W. D. Humke 
Mr. & Mrs. L. L. Hummell 
Mr. & Mrs. George Kem 
(Trust fund) 

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond L. Kuns 
Mr. & Mrs. John Leidy 
James E. Lindsay 

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Glenn Locke 
Mrs. Turah F. Locke 
Mr. & Mrs. Thoburn C. Lyon 
Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Mast 
Dr. & Mrs. M. D. Price 
Mrs. Sadie Puterbaugh 
Mr. & Mrs. L. L. RuLon 

Mrs Maude Rutt 
Dr. & Mrs. J. Raymond Schutz 
Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 
Mr. & Mrs. Guy Tamkin 
Mr. & Mrs. M. W. Werner 
Rev. & Mrs. A. E. Whitted 
Mr. & Mrs. C, G. Wolfe 
Woman's Missionary Society 




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Buiiington Brethren Church 
New Paris Brethren Church 
Gretna Brethren Church 
West Alexandria First Brethren Church 
Berlin Brethren Church 
Ashland First Brethren Church 
Bryan First Brethren Church 
Meyersdale Brethren Church 
Warsaw Brethren Church 
Louisville First Brethren Church 
North Liberty Brethren Church 
Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church 
Linwood Brethren Church 
Waterloo Brethren Church 
Hagerstown First Brethren Church 
MilledgeviUe Brethren Church 
Oakville First Brethren Church 
Ardniore Brethren Church 
New Lebanon First Brethren Church 
Roann Brethren Church 
Goshen First Brethren Church 
Cumberland Brethren Church 
Johnstown Third Brethren Church 
Washington Brethren Church 
Loree Brethren Church 
Oak Hill Brethren Church 
Elkhart First Brethren Church 
Summit Mills Brethren Church 



Until January 31 your church is still eligible for this. 



(We believe there are some churches who are entitled to this honor who 
have not yet sent in their offerings. Their names will be published upon 
receipt of their oiFerings.) 



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January 23, 1943 



^ ^ The Good Shepherd ^ ^ 



"Poor lil bi'ack sheep, don' strayed away, 

Don' los' in de win' an' de rain; 
An' de Shepherd, he say, '0 hirehn', 

Go, fin' my sheep again.' 
But de hirelin' frown — '0 Shepherd, i' 

Dat sheep am brack and bad.' 
But de Shepherd, he smile hke de lil brack sheep 

Was the onliest lamb he had. 

"An' he say, '0 hirelin', hasten. 

For de win' an' de rain am col' ; 
And dat lil brack sheep am lonesome, 

Ot dar so far from de fol'.' 
De hirelin' frown — '0 Shepherd, 

Dat sheep am ol' and gray.' 
But de Shepherd, he smile like de lil brack sheep 

Wus fair as de break ob day. 

'An' de Shepherd go out in de darkness. 
Where de night was col' an' bleak ; 
An' de lil brack sheep, he find it, 

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An' lay it agains' his cheek. 
De hirelin' frown — '0 Shepherd, 

Don' bring dat sheep to me.' 
But de Shepherd, he smile, and he hoi' it close, 

An' dat lil brack sheep wuz me." 




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CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 2 

Pray— Pay— Editorial— F. C. V 3 

Making the Most of What We Have— Rev. E. M. Riddle . . 4 

"Prayer in War" — H. A. Gossard ■"> 

An Investment in Eternity — Rev. W. R. Deeter 5 

Young Men and Boys' Brotherhood — Rev. C. Y. Gilmer. ... 6 

With the Laymen t) 

Some Devastating Facts Concerning the Liquor Question — 

J. A. Giles 7 

What's the Answer ? — Rev. Frank Gehman 8 

Prayer Meeting Department 9 

Christian Endeavor Topic for January 24th 10 

Christian Endeavor Topic for January 31st 11 

Our Children's Department 12 

C. E. News 12 

News From Our Churches 13 

Wedding Bells 15 

Laid to Rest 15 



INTERESTING ITEMS 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVORERS PLEASE NOTE. We are 
giving space for two Christian Endeavor topics in this week's 
issue. This is because of some difficulties on the part of 
Brother Benshoff in getting the subjects of the new year. 
We will also have two topics in next issue and this will bring 
the topics out sufficiently ahead of time to give ample oppor- 
tunity for the leaders to get the material out. 



AS THE PRESENT ISSUE WAS BEING MADE UP we 
received a letter from Brother C. C. Grisso, containing 48 
subscriptions from Loree and College Corners Churches, of 
which he is the pastor. Forty of these were from the Loree 
Church and eight from College Corners. Brother Grisso has 
been making special effort to place his charges on The Evan- 
gelist "map", and he is succeeding in a fine manner. Thanks, 
Brother Grisso. 



A CARD FROM BROTHER FLOYD SIBERT contains this, 
interesting bit of news: "Wednesday evening, January 7th. 
was our last prayer service in Pittsburgh. (Brother Sibert 
has accepted the pastorate at Pleasant Hill, Ohio). We had) 
55 present in spite of a cold, snowy evening. The attendance' 
at our last service was a gain of 587% over our first prayen 
service here four years ago. During our pastorate here our' 
prayer service attendance reached the high mark of 77. That, 
however, was before gasoline and tire rationing." 



WE ARE SORRY THAT TWO LINES WERE REVERSED I 
in a recent poem by Brother H. A. Gossard. The poem, en- 
titled "1943", was in the first issue of this present year. Thei 
last four lines should read: 

Folk bless the world oft as they use me right; 
And curse themselves oft as they use me wrong. 
As servant, I rest neither day nor night. 
As King, I rule the universal throng. 
Our sincere apologies. Brother Gossard. 



IT LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE LOUISVILLE, OHIO, willl 
claim place No. 5 in our line up of 100% "Evangelist Subscrip-i 
tion" churches. Their calendar of January 10th carries a spe-i 
cial announcement concerning their campaign to complete 
their list. The W. M. S. Committee has charge of this cam- 1 
paign. We will be waiting for your list, Louisville, and wil 
be more than pleased to list you as No. 5. Unless, of course 
some other church gets their list in ahead of you. 



YOU WILL SOON BE HEARING THE FULL REPOR'lj 
of the Dedication of the New Dayton, Ohio, Church, whicl I 
took place on Sunday, January 17th. Brother W. E. Ronk, wh' 
had the privilege of attending this service, reports that evei " 
though the streets were icy that the 'church was well fiUei 
for the morning service and crowded for the afternoon serv 
ice. We wish to extend our congratulations to the Dayto' 
people in this magnificent eifort, and its culminating results 



WE HAVE RECEIVED TWO ATTRACTIVE CALEN 
DARS issued by Brother Smith Rose, who recently assume 
charge of the Roann, Indiana, Church. By the look of th 
programs that are announced, there is certainly no time t 
do much but the work of the church in that place. 



WE NOTE THAT FEBRUARY 14-28 is the date set fc 
the evangelistic meetings at Oakville, Indiana. Brother S. If 
Whetstone is the pastor. We trust you will place this meeting 
on your prayer list. 




EDITORIALS 



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PRAY— PAY 

Lord, do not teach us HOW to pray, 

But rather make us pi'ay-ers; 

For when we once have learned to pray. 

We then will become pay-ers. 

The letter that we here omit — u: 

The little "r" in prayer — 

Begins (r)esponsibility. 

Which every one should bear. 

For when we pray we ought to know 

God will not hear our prayer, 

Until we wholly give our all 

And become "Paying Pray-ers." 

Inseparably linked together are the thoughts of 
"pray" and "pay." 

The story is told of an aged saint who was con- 
stantly in attendance at the services of the church 
of his choice. One evening the pastor, contrary to his 
usual custom, seeing the bowed head of his aged 
parishioner, said, "Brother Smith, will you lead us 
in prayer?" 

There was a short pause while the good man fum- 
bled in his pocket, and then he came down the aisle 
to the front of the church and deposited a dollar bill 
in the offering plate. 

The minister, thinking he had misunderstood the 
request, said. Brother Smith, I did not ask you to 
make a contribution ; I merely asked you to lead in 
j)rayer. 

The eyes of the old saint turned upon the minister 
sadly and he uttered these semi-rebuking words, 
"Pastor, I can never pray until I have given some- 
thing to the Lord." 

The Paying Pray-er 

The one who pays and with the material substance, 
sends his prayer winging to the Lord is a "Paying 
Pray-er." How true are the words, "Where your 
treasure is, there will your heart be also." One must 
have a direct interest in a project or a personality 
before adequate prayer can be made. Yes, sufficient 
interest that the prayer will bring the pray-er into 
active relation to the thing prayed for. The gift is 
the response in the human heart which helps God to 
answer the prayer thus made. "The gift without the 



giver is bare." One must truly support the various 
interests of the church by prayer and gift. 

The Need of Prayer 

No advancement in the work of the church just 
comes by chance. Things do not "just happen." There 
is a definite something behind it all. That something, 
in the heavenly realm, is God working his mighty 
power; in the earthly realm it is weak man upon 
his knees. The two must work together. God has 
' given us this medium of prayer as an access to His 
Throne, but we must use it to get results. 

"Satan trembles when he sees 

The weakest saint upon his knees." 

We have not touched even the fringes of the power 
of prayer. 

The Praying Payers 

The one who really prays and, through his prayer, 
finds an avenue of helpfulness, is a "Praying Payer." 

When one really becomes a payer, he must of 
necessity become a more ardent pray-er. He knows 
that mere money alone will not accomplish that for 
which he designs it — he must give some of himself 
to the effort. And this effort truly begins with a 
prayer. 

Do you remember that the very first words of 
Paul, struck blind on the Damascus Road, were, 
"Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" It was his 
first spiritual contact with Jesus and it began a se- 
ries of pay and pay and pay. The more he prayed, 
the more he paid. When Jesus says, "Render unto 
God the things that are God's," he literally means 
"Pay." 

God Has a Plan 

God's plan is the "Tithe and Offering" plan. No 
better way has been or will be found or devised. The 
Tithe we owe Him; the Offering we give Him. The 
Tithe we pay — The Offering we present. The Offer- 
ing goes beyond the Tithe and is the answer of a lov- 
ing heart to a Provident God. The tither has become 
a Paying Pray-er and a Praying Payer. He returns 
to God His due. He presents it with a prayer that it 
may accomplish its purpose in the plan of the Master. 

So we must Pay and Pray as well as Pray and 
Pay. 

F. C. V. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




Making the Most 
of ^hat We Have 



Rev. E. M. Riddle 



Text — 2 Kings 4:2."... nothing in the house save 
a pot of oil." 

The entire passage narrates the account of Elisha 
augmenting the widow's supply of oil. It is a beau- 
tiful story showing the power of God, through his 
servant, the prophet. 

The widow was left with little support. Her hus- 
band had been one of the sons of the prophets. It is 
most likely this husband did not draw a very substan- 
tial salary. It was a very irreligious age and profes- 
sional income was scanty. Consequently this widow 
faced financial difficulties, so much so, that her two 
sons were to be taken by the bondsmen. It was the 
law of the time, that a creditor was allowed to claim 
the person or children of the debtor and compel them 
to serve him as a bondsman till the year of jubilee 
would set him free. This is the picture of a troubled 
soul. 

Thus far, many thousands in the world have been 
in quite similar circumstances. How fine that the 
servant of God — Elisha — could come along at the 
opportune time. It was a golden moment too for the 
man of God. He did not pass her by. He stopped. He 
inquired as to what he might do. Two significant 
questions came forth. "What shall I do for thee?" 
"What hast thou in thy house?" The widow's reply 
was, "Thy handmaid hath nothing save a pot of oil." 
Her supply of household utensils was most meager. 
She was told to borrow vessels — empty vessels and 
plenty of them. After the vessels were secured, they 
were told to enter their house, close the door and 
pour into the vessels, from her little cruet, which 
was not more than a gallon, likely less than half that 
amount. She complied in detail. She poured and 
poured, and every vessel was filled, not one was left. 
"And the oil stayed." It ceased to pour any more. 

She used what she had. It is my conviction that 
this woman's obedience and her response to the 



prophet was simply because she had fully surren- 
dered. She had recognized her want and insuffi- 
ciency. She was now perfectly willing to depend upon 
another. She was ready to meet an adventure in 
FAITH. As a result she was able to see all the ves- 
sels filled with oil, which she was told to sell, pay 
her bills and support her family. Would this have 
taken place had she refused to obey? Willingness, 
obedience and surrender were all necessary before 
she could give such full co-operation in this heavenly 
deal. 

In the feeding of the five thousand, as recorded 
in the Gospels, Jesus used what was at hand. He saw 
a great hungry multitude, upon whom He had com- 
passion. Someone else saw a boy, a mere lad with a 
small lunch of little loaves and fishes — just a meal 
for a hungry boy. It was all there was at hand. In 
the hands of the Lord the little boy's lunch became 
a banquet that served over five thousand, with twelve 
baskets of food remaining. They used only what they 
had and then depended upon the power of God. 

Another example: a good widow came with her 
gift to the altar. Others came with much more it 
would seem, but she gave her all, they only a part. 
She was greatly praised above all the others, simply 
because she used to the glory of her God, all that 
she had. She dared to give her mite, an ofl'ering, her 
all. The other givers did not so surrender — did not 
so trust and they did not receive such approval and 
blessings as she did. 

How shall we apply this thought and these wonder- 
ful examples? Let us think of them in connection 
with our abilities, our money and our time. 

First, as to ability, we are not all gifted alike. We 
have varying talents. I shall never be able to do what 
some folks do and the very opposite of this is true, 
they shall not all do some of the things which I am 
able to do. But the striking truth is that, under God, 
we are not expected to give an accounting for the 
same things. The point is, are we faithful with what 
we have ? 

Second, as to money. This has been somewhat I 
dealt with in the account of the poor widow. There 
is the responsibility of stewardship. The person with 



January 23, 1943 



great wealth or he with decided talents has a greater 
responsibility before God. In the 12th chapter of 
Luke, the latter part of the verse 48 are these words, 
"For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall 
much be required : and to whom men have committed 
much, of him they will ask the more." But even the 
poorest, financially, has a far greater responsibility 
than is commonly realized or met, else there would 
be greater response in our churches to the appeals 
for service in a needy world. The poor man's wise 
apportionment of his ever-so-small salary, is, in the 
sight of God, just as much an indication of his will- 
ingness to support the Christian cause, as that of the 
wealthy. 

Thirdly, As to Time : well, it is all the Lord's time. 
We are to use it. How much? Some stress the one- 
seventh. But, why quibble about the one-seventh, 
when if we serve as Christians ought, we shall be 
delighted to live every day as unto the Lord. If our 
task is a legitimate one, we will be able to perform 
it in a Christ-like manner. 

The Word says, "Use hospitality one to another 
without grudging. As every man hath received the 
gift, even so minister the same one to another, as 
good stewards of the manifold grace of God." Also, 
"moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be 
found faithful." So if we have much or little, we are 
to use what we have to the glory of our God. We are 
in the world for that purpose. Our life embraces 
everything that by its careful and prayerful use, may 
be used to the promotion of God's purpose. 

— Louisville, Ohio. 



PRAYER IN WAR 

H. A. Gossard 

God of great mercy, teach us Love once more; 
Lest, judging. Thou in it should find us poor! 
Forgive each thot of hate; each act efface; 
Let Faith and Love return with boundless grace. 
Confuse our tongues when we woud plan to snare; 
And help us speak when we'd spead what is fail' — 
Then would our speech abound in praise to Thee 
Who taught us Love, and by it set us free . . . 
Silence This Tumult! — Sheathe the carnal sword! 
And may we love no master but Thee, Lord . . . 
Thy image in us: — teach us to refute 
By heaven's wisdom that which shows the brute! 
Then Faith shall live, and Love act without fear; 
And mankind shall enjoy the present here. 

— Lanark, Illinois. 



"Don't try to live tomorrow before you live today. 

To live each moment as it comes, is far the better way. 

Tomorrow you may never see; but surely if you do, 

God, who has helped you live today, will help tomorrow, too." 



An Investment For Eternity 

Rev. W. R. Deeter 

1. In many homes there is a vital need of a Relig- 
ious weekly like The Brethren Evangelist, to carry 
the message of spiritual strength for the day. 

2. You will not find in such limited space so man^ 
helpful articles and sermons as are sent out each 
week. 

3. You need the inspiration of wholesome reading 
based on fundamental proofs of divine inspiration. 
You may be sure there will be no "fly in the oint- 
ment" of discussions. 

4. You will find the editorials from the competent 
stafli of editors, unlike those which appear in most 
religious weeklies — bristling with interest. They ex- 
hort the reader to closer fellowship with the blessed 
Trinity. They write as prophets of the Lord. 

5. Your young people will find something that will 
fully meet the needs of their devotional meetings, 
free from modernistic taint or faith-destroying insin- 
uations. 

6. No home should think of rearing children with- 
in its walls without a religious periodical of the 
safest type. Among the various things on the center 
table should be the Bible and a religious weekly, to 
help mould sentiment and memory with enduring 
reading matter. 

— Burlington, Indiana. 

VALUABLE HELP FOR STEWARDSHIP 
COMMITTEES 

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age containing over 550 pages of pamphlets, 
bulletins and tabloids, also a copy of "A Lad's 
Lunch," stewardship stories (ages 4-15) by 
Dr. John E. Simpson, just off the press, 
author of six books on stewardship. Also in- 
structive circular price lists with special of- 
fers and suggestive for tithing campaigns. 
The price is less than the cost of pi'oduction. 

The church that is carefully, wisely and 
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The Brethren Evangelist 



Young Men and Boys' 
Brotherhood 

By Clarence Y. Gilmer 

For the junior high school age we recommend the 
Eagle Books, missionary biographical pamphlets, im- 
ported from England. There are forty-four such 
pamphlets at ten cents each, and they may be pro- 
cured from the Friendship Press, 156 Fifth Ave., 
New York. These true stories of real missionaries 
can be used in "hero study" courses or as a circulat- 
ing library among the boys. 

Similar program materials more suitable for the 
young men's Brotherhood would be the missionary 
hero courses prepared by Floyd L. Carr for the Bap- 
tist Board of Education, 1.52 Madison Avenue, New 
York City. These programs are based on the life 
stories of great missionaries, with ten incidents for 
the young men to tell, and a brief sketch of the given 
hero to aid the leader in connecting the parts of the 
program. There are three courses with twelve book- 
lets in a course, sufficient to supply material for the 
Brotherhood for three years. Single booklets ai'e 
priced at 25 cents each ; set of 12 for $2.50. 

In congregations where the Woman's Outlook has 
been kept on file for a number of years, stories with 
boys and young men as heroes can be found in the 
Sisterhood department of a number of issues. These 
stories can be found and classified to suit the age 
of the boys in Brotherhood. 

A book that our Vinco Boys' Brotherhood likes 
very well is "The Boy and The Man" by Elder J. H. 
Moore, a fonner editor of The Gospel Messenger. 
This book is an autobiography written by a Church 
of the Brethren minister. This book along with six 
other valuable biographical books was recently ad- 
vertised for sale by the Brethren Publishing House, 
Elgin, Illinois, for the price of one dollar. All are 
cloth bound books. These can be purchased through 
our own Publishing House at Ashland. 

Another source of material which the writer has 
personally tried is the series by Dr. Martin Shively 
which he published from time to time in The Breth- 
ren Evangelist entitled, "Bi'ethren Leaders of Other 
Days as I Knew Them." Material of this type helps 
to orient the youth with the historic and doctrinal 
position of the denomination. In this direction I 
found Martin G. Brumbaugh's "Histoiy of the Breth- 
ren" invaluable. The boys really do like this book, 
and it is certainly good for the boys. 

Pastors and laymen who are Brotherhood leaders 



may be interested to know that craft work-out has 
been adapted to the missionary hero courses pub- 
lished by the Baptist Board of Education referred 
to in a previous paragraph. This mimeogroph mate- 
rial at 10 cents is excellent in developing interest 
among the boys. 



^ With the Laymen ^ 

Prof. Allen R. Thompson, National President 
Carl E. Mohler, News Editor 



ASHLAND LAYMEN MEET 

The Laymen's Association of the First Brethren 
Church of Ashland, Ohio, met in their first regular 
meeting of 1943 on Tuesday evening, January 12th. 

The meeting was in charge of R. A. Hazen, chair- 
man of the Program committee. Group singing was 
led by Prof. Allen R. Thompson, National Laymen 
President. This singing was to the accompaniment 
of a brass trio from Ashland College, composed of 
Joe Denbow, Trumpet ; Marshall Smith, Saxophone ; 
Robert Jelly, Trombone, with Earl Barr at the piano. 

The devotions were led by Rev. L. V. King, pastor 
of the Ashland Church. 

The brass trio then supplied two very fine num- 
bers, "In the Gloaming" and "Songs My Mother 
Taught Me." These were much appreciated. 

Mr. Hazen then presented the speaker of the eve- 
ning, Prof. M. A. Stuckey, who addressed the meet- 
ing on the thought of "Three Pictures of Philip in 
Acts." 

The meeting was then turned over to the local 
president, Arthur Petit, who conducted the business 
of the evening. Because of the induction of Arthur 
DeLozier, the secretary, into the armed forces, the 
association elected Clarence Myers to fill the vacancy 
thus made. Completion of the organization was ef- 
fected and twenty-two members were announced by 
Treasurer J. E. Stookey. 

Refreshments were served by the social committee, 
composed of Messrs. Carl Mohler, M. P. Puterbaugh 
and Clayton Mundorf. 

The next meeting will be held at the church on 
Tuesday evening, February 9th, and will be the An- 
nual Father and Son Banquet. Dr. Russell V. Bol- 
linger of the College faculty, will be the speaker of 
the evening. Special committees have been appointed 
to make all arrangements. 

I am making this report at the request of the Sec- 
retary of the organization. 

Carl E. Mohler. 



January 23, 1943 



Some Devastating Facts Concerning 

The Liquor ^luestion 

AMERICA'S DRINK AND CRIME BILL FOR ONE YEAR "Persons Found Guilty, 1941. 

IS' 635 CARLOADS OF FINE GOLD. A TRAIN 5 1/3 Of all persons arrested and charged by the police during 
MILES LONG 1941, 82.0 percent were found guilty by the courts. The high- 
Space does not permit me going into details, some of the ^^^^ proportion of convictions was as follows: Robbery, 83.6; 
government volumes contain 657 pages; I am giving just a violations (84.8 percent guilty) and driving while intoxicated 
few facts. I wish to make this article so simple that the boys <84.5 percent guilty). For individual part I offense classes 
and girls in the grammar school can understand. If the gov- ^^ percentage of convictions was as follows: Robbery, 83.6; 
ernment statistics are correct, my article is correct. burglary, 81:9; larceny, 77:9; auto theft, 77:8; aggravated 
,, ^, , ,. , assault 59:1; rape, 56:0; and manslaughter by negligence, 31.4. 
I quote my letter to Mr. Hoover and his reply: 

, , ^ ^ , ,^ Persons Arrested, 1942. 
Honorable J. Edgar Hoover 

Director Federal Bureau of Investigation I" examining the 305,570 fingerprint arrest records received 

■w Vi' t n r ^^ *^^ ^^^ during the first six months of 1942, age 19 again 

' ■ ■ predominated in the frequency of arrests, followed by the ages 

■ . . ■ . , _ . _ , _ T, ■ • 18, 21 and 20 in that order. Persons less than 21 vears of age 

1 am writing an article on Crime, Cause and Cure. If it is „ , ,„ . i. i? ^u <. j " • j i.m 

, . T .,, , • , made up 18:5 percent of the arrest records examined, while 

not asking too much of you, 1 will greatly appreciate the ,, ,. ^ j^ ..x. ■ j i- -,nAi 

.,,... . J ff (-jjg corresponding percentage for the same period of 1941 was 

following information. , „ o 

No. 1: The cost of Crime in the United States, between ' ' 

1920 through 1929; 1930 through 1939? ^''"^^^ ""'*<^'" ^5 years of age represented 57.0 percent of 

No. 2: What percentage, directly or indirectly, was caused ^^"^"^ 'charged with robbery, 65.0 percent of those charged with 

from manufacturing and drinking alcoholic beverages? burglary, and 76.6 percent of the persons arrested for auto 

No. 3: Number of places license the sale of alcoholic bever- 
ages, and the number of people working in those places? During the first half of this year, 10.2 persons (31,045) of 

No. 4: How many distilleries are there, and how many peo- the arrest records received represented women. This is an in- 

ple do they work? crease over the corresponding period of 1941." 

No. 5: The amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, and America's Drink Bill for 1939, Last Census Taken 

the cost of same? No doubt there is a large increase in the manufacture of 

Thanking you in advance for the above information, I beg alcoholic beverages in the past two years. I am quoting the 

to remain Yours very truly, press, Washington date line, October 2nd: 

J. A. GILES. "WPB ORDERS ALL DISTILLERIES DIVERTED TO 

United States Department of Justice WAR-TIME PURPOSES. DUE TO HUGE RESERVES, THE 

Federal Bureau of Investigation ACTION WILL NOT BE FELT BY LIQUOR CONSUMERS 

Washington, D. C. FOR MONTHS AND YEARS, EVEN AT THE PRESENT 

Dear Mr. Giles: September 4, 1942 UNRATIONED RATE OF CONSUMPTION. THE LIQUOR 

Your letter of August 27, 1942 has been received and I am SUPPLY MAY RUN OUT, IF THE WAR LASTS LONG 

indeed pleased that you wrote to me. It has been conserva- ENOUGH, WPB OFFICIALS SAID, THERE IS NOW A 

tively estimated the annual cost of crime in the United States FIVE YEARS' SUPPLY." 

is approximately fifteen billion dollars. Number of manufacturing establish- 

The Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Print- ments of alcoholic beverages 1 184 

ing Office, Washington, D. C, has available a publication Employees of these establishments !!.!!!.'.'!! ! 74',663 

entitled "A Report on the Cost of Crime," prepared under Salaries of employees 141,427,005 

the direction of the National Commission on Law Observance Overhead expenses 239 267 926 

and Enforcement. It is suggested you may wish to direct Agricultural produce consumed ............... 110467!794 

an inquiry to that office for additional information. Value of Products $1 089 073 348 

I am enclosing the semi-annual issue for 1942 of the Uni- . , ,, ^ ^- .. ,, , , ,. , 

J T. i. T. ,1 i- ^- 1 -ii -J -ii, i i- i.- i haven t any statistics on the number of liquor houses, 

form Reports Bulletin which will provide you with statistics , , , , ,, ... , ^, , ,, , , ,. 

. ^, TT -i J rT.. i J • ii ^ i. • road houses, dance halls and other places that sell alcoholic 

concerning crime in the United States during the first six , , - , ,, , ,. 

^, ° ^, . beverages; or the number of men and women they work. It 

months of this year. • i- ^ j ^i, j . ,, ,. 

,,, , ^ , •, L, ^ J- i -L -.• jj-i- 1 J i IS estimated there are more men and women m the liquor 

We do not have available for distribution additional data u ■ tu i. ■ .li j j, 

^, , . i . , . , . i ^ J J -i ■ business, than we have in the armed forces, 
concerning the subjects m which you are interested, and it is 

my suggestion you may wish to communicate with the Bureau Friends, what are you doing to defeat this great enemy? 

of Internal Revenue, U. S. Department of the Treasury, " '= g°'"g t° ^^^^ Pi'ayer and work to overcome I do not say 

Washington, D. C, for statistics concerning alcoholic bever- '* boastfully, but humbly, I have given this great cause a 

ages and similar data such as you mentioned in your letter. ^re^^ deal of prayerful thought, time and work, and one 

John Edgar Hoover, Director ^""'"'^ °^ "^^ ^^^Ser salary for the past three years. 

Many thanks to Mr. Hoover and the directors of other gov- "^ine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever 

ernment departments for their kindness. ^^ deceived thereby is not wise. Proverbs 20:1." 

The United States Government pays $35 an ounce for fine Woe to him that buildeth a city with blood, and stablisheth 

gold, or $420 per pound. One carload, 60,000 pounds, $25,200,- a city by iniquity. Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor 

000.00; 635 carioads, sixteen billion, two million dollars, or a drink, that puttest thy bottle to him. Habakkuk 2:12, 15. 

train 5 1/3 miles long; or ten trains 1/3 mile long. He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall sud- 

There is a large increase in crime for the first six months denly be destroyed, and that without remedy, 

of this year. (Continued From Page 12) 



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What's the Answer 



Two decades of indifferent spiritual emphasis in 
the home, very little of any kind in the school and 
with limited methods and means reaching only a 
limited number in Churches and Sunday Schools 
have brought us face to face with a major problem 
of widespread and increasing juvenile delinquency. 
Because the problem may not directly touch the 
homes of many of us, we are inclined to sometimes 
feel that it does not seriously concern us. In that we 
are mistaken. If it should never touch our homes — 
and pray that it may not — we still have a moral ob- 
ligation to move into the battle against this hydra- 
headed evil. For some time we have talked smoothly 
and without realism about the breakdown of the 
American home. Now, whether we like it or not, we 
can consider some of the fruit of that breakdown. 

Conditions have moved certain citizens of our com- 
munity to seek an answer to some of these issues. 
They are still seeking — but, be it said to their credit, 
they are making an effort. Nothing is so ignoble as 
to make no effort at all. Added, locally, to "normal" 
conditions — none too good any how — are circum- 
stances arising from war conditions. In our com- 
munity this means, amongst other things, five mili- 
tary posts, seven shipyards and other defense works. 
Defense workers and the military are pouring into 
the community by the thousands. Add to this situa- 
tion the devil-may-care, what-can-I-do-about-it 
(shrug) war psychology, and you have a sure recipe 
for many official headaches and thousands of private 
heartaches. And, don't fool yourself, your own com- 
munity has the makings of similar problems. If the 
Church will take the lead today in going after some 
solution to these problems, whole families will rise 
up tomorrow and call her name blessed. 

Investigation brought out the fact that only ten 
per cent of the boys and girls of this city attend Sun- 
day School. One who labored with the same problem 
in Los Angeles until two years ago stated that in that 



Rev. Frank Gehman 



city only six per cent of the boys and girls attend! 
Sunday School. Assuming that the Sunday Schoolsi 
give 60 minutes each Sunday to worship and Bible: 
study, these schools in our city are giving the youth i 
of the city an average of six minutes religious train- 
ing each per week. And in Los Angeles the average) 
reaches the astounding total of 3.6 minutes each perr 
week! Where are we getting with such a situation?! 
Besides, the laws of California (and of some other* 
states, as well) prohibit the reading of the Scrip- 
tures, even without comment, in the public school! 
room. We know that most homes, even a majority off 
Christian homes, neglect the reading of the Bible, so i 
what shall we call the average child of our land but 
a little pagan ? And before you say too much about ' 
the conditions revealed here, take a look around your ' 
own community and see what is taking place there. 

Without the Bible there is no real foundation for ■ 
morality. And the children of our fair land are notf 
being given the Bible. They do have a bit of carry- 
over heritage in a hand-me-down morality that rests i 
back in the Bible, but they have nothing for them- 
selves. So is it any wonder that during the last sev- 
eral months the city of Los Angeles has been overrun i 
with youth gangs, stealing, fighting murdering?' 
These gangs, composed of both boys and girls have 
their own secrets. Police investigation revealed that 
with the most of them membership required that the 
candidate, either boy or girl, must have committed i 
crimes, have a police record, have been guilty of im- 
morality, etc. The size of the operations of these 
gangs is unusual, but not the condition that is back 
of them. Your own community, however small, has> 
its own counterpart. Neglected youth, rebellious 
youth ! 

A few days ago the writer heard the head of the 
Preston Industrial School for boys at lone, Califor- 
nia say that most of the boys in his school had had 
neither spiritual nor character training. He empha- 
sized the fact that spiritual training is their greatest 
need. Last night the Protestant Chaplain of the same i 



January 23, 1943 



institution stated that most of these boys, when they 
come to the school, do not know what a Sunday 
School is. Dr. Olive Walton, superintendent of the 
Ventura (California) School for girls, declared with- 
in the week that this institution is operating at ca- 
pacity and has a waiting list. The average age of 
girls committed to the institution, she stated, has 
dropped from 17 to 16 years within the past year, 
and they have been taking girls as young as ten 
years. "Majority of the delinquents who enter the 
Ventura school are committed for involvement in sex 
offenses and come from the state's metropolitan 
areas, which have large military and defense popula- 
tions." "These girls — mere children — just seem to 
follow a uniform!" she declared. Then added that the 
principal blame for most cases rests upon "inade- 
quate" parents, or broken homes. 

We cannot look upon the Church as responsible for 
this condition, for certainly if her message through 
the years had been heeded these circumstances would 
not exist. But the fact that they do exist represents 
an undying challenge to the Church. It is true that 
along the way the Church has sometimes used in- 
effective methods, sometimes the vision has not been 
clear, and that frequently she has been confused over 
some issues, but despite all that she has kept her 
main purpose with considerable faithfulness. I am 
confident that the Church can and will give this mat- 
ter more consideration than it has been giving it. 
The attitude that we are ready to help will not suf- 
fice, for the youth are mostly not coming to us for 
help. They have no feeling of need for us. We are not 
essential to their lives. To me it is inexpressibly sad, 
that is, if the Church is what it claims to be. Per- 
haps we shall have to abandon some of our pet pur- 
suits and procedures that we may get around to 
where people live. Or can it be that we are doing all 
we possibly can? What's the answer? 

— Stockton, California. 



ASKS FAMILIES TO ENCOURAGE SERVICE 
MEN TO CONTACT CHAPLAINS 

In accordance with requests from chaplains in the 
field, Dr. A. W. Gottschall, national director of pro- 
grams in army camps, naval and air bases, urges 
families with men in the armed services to write to 
the men and encourage them to contact their chap- 
lains. Service men should be assured by their fami- 
lies, says Dr. Gottschall that "the chaplains are their 
best friends." 

Chaplains will welcome this advice on the part of 
parents and wives, and will be able to render greater 
service, Dr. Gottschall declares. 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Prayer Meeting Topics 

LESSON 12 
Subject: Christ Is All 

1. Christ is all; therefore accept Him. Colossians 3:11. 

2. Christ is the Way! therefore follow Him. John 14:6 
John 10:27; John 12:26; 1 Peter 2:21. 

3. Christ is the Truth; therefore believe Him. John 1:12 
John 1:14; John 8:32. 

4. Christ is the Life; therefore seek Him. 1 John 5:11, 12 
Psalms 27:8; Matthew 7:7; John 1:4. 

5. Christ is the Light; therefore look to Him. Hebrews 12:2 
John 1:9; John 8:12. 

6. Christ is the Bread; therefore desire Him. John 6:3.5 
John 6:48; Psalms 107:9. 

7. Christ is the Good Shepherd; therefore trust Him. John 
10:11; John 10:14; John 10:4, 5; John 10:3. 

8. Christ is the door: therefore enter into everlasting life 
through Him. John 10:9; John 10:1; John 20:31; Acts 3:16. 

9. Christ is Lord and Master; therefore obey Him. Luke 
6:46; John 13:13. 

10. Christ is altogether Lovely; therefore love and adore 
Him. Psalms 95:6; Song of Solomon 5:16; 1 John 4:19; John 
14:21. 



THE GOLDEN RULE 

"As ye would others should do to you. 
So," Jesus said, "to others do." 
What do I like when one I meet 
At home, or church, in house or street ? 

I like a smile on lips to play. 

As morning sunlight on the day; 

I like a kindly word to hear 

To give me heart and give me cheer. 

— S. C. Beach. 

IT SEEMS TO ME 

More good doctrine is made of none effect 
by careless living and an ungracious spirit on 
the part of its proponents than by all the 
demons of hell. If Christians were happier 
and more faithful in their Christian sei^vice, 
more unsaved folk would be interested in the 
Gospel. They do not want a righteousness that 
is a gloomy burden to the soul and a pain in 
everybody else's neck. Or so it seems to me. 



The Mentor. 






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C. E. Topic for Young People 

W. St Claire Benshoff 
Topic BMitor 



•■Topics copiTlEhted bj- the International Society ot Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 




Topic for January 24, 1943 

"WHAT DOES GOD WANT US TO DO?" 

Scripture lesson— II Peter 3:8-18 

For The Leader 

Alexander Maclaren in speaking on 2 Peter 3:14, says that 
"a bright hope, a sovereign purpose, and a diligent earnest- 
ness, are the three conditions of all noble life." Certainly God 
wants us to live a noble life each day. 

It is well for us to ask the question of the topic, for only 
as we inquire and desire to learn more are we going to im- 
prove in our living. The person who never is inquisitive, who 
never asks questions, or who never desires to check up on 
himself, will never amount to much. We should be so vitally 
interested in how Christ wants us to live that each day will 
be an examination and questioning of our habits, and of His 
will in our lives. Each day, by His grace, we should endeavor 
to improve our Christian living and our influence on our fel- 
lowmen. 

In this scripture we find instruction in the things to come, 
a message of hope for the believer, and suggestions for being 
more noble in our living. 

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION ON THE TOPIC 

1. For what "things to come" are we to look ? 

2. What are the promises of God for the believer in Christ 
relative to the new heavens and new earth? What will be 
the state of the Christian then? 

3. Are we supposed to look daily for the coming of the 
Lord? What else are we to do besides "looking for His com- 
ing?" 

4. How can we best pattern our lives after the life of 
Christ? 

5. Is the Christian way of living a practical way to live in 
view of the war conditions of the world today ? 

. . . DISCUSSION 

LOOKING FOR THINGS TO COME. The message we want 
to live before the world today is a message of "hope." Cer- 
tainly the world needs this message. On every hand we see 
the helplessness of mankind. Men seemed to have lost their 
moorings and bearings in the darkness of strife. But the mes- 
sage of Christ is as a glorious sunrise pressing itself upon 
a world in the darkness of night. 

We have hope and this hope should cause us to apply our- 
selves more fully to the task of bringing others to a knowledge 
of Christ. The things for which we are looking are wound 
up in this message of hope. We look for the destruction of 
war and the war machine; we look for the coming of our 
Lord in righteousness. To the pre-millennial believer, Christ 
shall come and receive His followers to Himself, then later 
to come with power to destroy war and its evils. Following 
His reign of righteousness shall come the burning of the ele- 
ments with fervent heat, and the coming forth of the new 
heavens and the new earth, with Christ as eternal Ruler. 



How then our hearts should long for the coming of our 
Lord. This is our hope in this present day. 

PREPARATION FOR THINGS TO COME. Many times we 
hear of Christians who profess to be "looking for the Lord," 
yet they are in a sense, "not ready to move if He did come." 
If we knew that we were soon to move to another part of 
the country, we would be foolish if we did not prepare our- 
selves for the moving date. Many people who sing, "Waiting 
for the Lord to come," would be shocked beyond measure if 
He were suddenly to come for them. It is lack of preparation. 

Too many Christians are entangled in the meshes of social, 
family, and business affairs that they cannot be concerned 
about the coming of the Lord. This should not be so. We 
should be prepared, by first, looking for His coming. Then 
secondly, working towards His coming. Third, our affairs 
should be in order. Even we young people should conduct our- 
selves so that if we were to know that the Lord was coming 
in a minute that we could say that we were ready to meet 
Him. If we cannot say that, then there are things in our life 
which need examination or removal. 

BEING DILIGENT. If we see the great things God has 
in store for the future of believers, and of the universe, what 
then should be our attitude ? What manner of persons should 
we be in all holy conversation and godliness ? We are to be 
diligent in conversation, practice, and habit. We once knew 
a person who was continually "looking for the Lord," which 
is well and good. But that person never backed up the hope 
with any sort of good deeds or works. James says, "Faith 
without works is dead." And he is still right. "Why stand ye 
gazing," said the angel to the men on the Mount of Olives, 
"get you down into the valley, for there is work to do." 

There are special blessings to be given to those servants 
of the Lord who are found diligently working when He re- 
turns. We should be diligent, so that we may be found to be 
in peace, without spot, and blameless. As we look for the 
things which are to come, let us work and serve our Lord as 
best we know how. 

GROW IN GRACE AKD IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF 
CHRIST. The best way to "know how" to work for the Lord 
is to know more about Him, and His expectations of us. We 
are to grow in the knowledge of the Lord. Each day should 
see us learning something more about the Lord. We should 
grow in His grace. 

Thus, by growing in His grace and knowledge, we shall be- 
come more like Him. Then our lives will be the examples of 
Christian living which we should desire them to be. This 
world needs us as Christian young people today. Our message 
of hope, our methods of dealing with each other, our faith 
in prayer and in God, are all sorely needed in the hearts of 
men today. 

Christianity is more practical today than it has ever been, 
because it works where everything else has crumbled. We are 
failing mankind and God if we are not living our Christian 
life to the fullest. God wants us to "live for Him" as a testi- 
mony and a laborer. With the hope of better things to come 
through Him, and the determined purpose to uphold our 
Christ, plus real earnestness, we shall be fulfilling the pur- 
pose which God has in each one of us. 

BIBLE THOUGHTS ON THE QUESTIONS 

1. Jude 21; Corinthians 15:50-58. 

2. Rev. 21:1-6; Rev. 22:17. 

3. Matt. 24:46; I Cor. 13:16. 

4. Luke 9:23-25; Matt. 11:29, 30. 



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Topic for January 31, 1943 

"PROVING MY ALLEGIANCE TO MY CHURCH" 

Scripture Lesson— I Kings 8:22-24, 54-61 

For The Leader 

These are days when allegiance to our Church means more 
than just being an average member. With the influences of 
outside forces being exerted on the time and energy of church 
members, we are called upon to make definite lines of de- 
markation which we dare not cross. 

The church today, as ever, has need of faithful and loyal 
workers. And the church roll will also contain those who have 
little idea of what it means to be a church member. Between 
these two extremes comes every church member. Tonight we 
desire to learn where we stand as a member of this church, 
and what we can do to better our loyalty. Too, we want to 
learn how we can aid other people to become better and more 
active members of our church. We have a real task ahead of 
us in serving God and helping others. 

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION 

1. What makes a person a church member? 

2. Can "lost, strayed, stolen" church members be actually 
called "Church Members?" What can be done by young people 
to help those of this group to be located and encouraged to re- 
turn to the church? 

3. Is it harder to be loyal to your church today than it 
was a few years ago ? What do you think the next few years 
will bring as to new problems of church loyalty ? 

4. Someone has said that "we. can find a way to go to the 
places to which we want to go, regardless of the weather or 
restrictions." If this be true, what then about the many ex- 
cuses we make concerning the weather, or other engagements 
when it comes to church work and church services ? 

DISCUSSION 

LOYALTY MEANS LIVING AS A CHRISTIAN. There are 
certain standards and rules by which we must live in order 
to be Christian. No one person is able to set up a code as to 
just what we can do and cannot do as Christians. While there 
are outstanding examples of worldly amusement which we 
are certain we cannot do, there are many things which we 
could call "border-line cases." These things, some people 
would condemn while other people, just as sincere, would 
approve. 

The Bible is very positive, in appealing to the moral judg- 
ment of the young Christian, for, in 1 Cor. 10:1, we read, 
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, 
do all to the glory of God." If we make this test on the 
things we want to do, and conscientiously follow it, we can 
be certain that we are "living as a Christian." 

This means loyalty to the church, for we can define a 
church member as one who lives as a Christian. While we 
know that some church members do not live up to their call- 
ing, yet it is true that we young people can uphold our 
church by so living. In pledging our allegiance to our church 
we must back up our pledge by Christian living. 

LOYALTY MEANS ATTENDING SERVICES. There are 
reasons for not attending services, such as sickness, work or 
other causes. Then there are excuses. Let's see the difference 
between a reason and an excuse. A reason will hold before 
God, and an excuse will not. It is certain that when we absent 
ourselves from the services of our church that we are answer- 
able to God. As Christians we are commanded to "forsake not 
the assembling of ourselves together." Thus it is a serious 



offense if we absent ourselves without sufficient cause. 

Our words are hollow sounds if we profess church loyalty, 
and fail to be present when services are being held. It is a 
privilege which we still have. 

LOYALTY MEANS CONTRIBUTING TO THE CHURCH. 
Malachi 3:8-10. Who pays the bills of the church, such as 
light, heat, water, insurance, repairs, supplies, and the Pas- 
tor's salary ? Well, let's do without a pastor, let's meet only 
once a month and save fuel, let's not carry insurance and 
why bother about keeping the building in repair. And too, 
we don't need quarterlies or Sunday School papers. 

Does this sound ridiculous ? Perhaps so, for if this were 
followed through, we would have no church. Yet, many mem- 
bers of the church are saying just that. They don't just say 
it in so many words, but by their giving they say it. There 
are very few people today who cannot afford to give to the 
church. These cases we can understand. But how can we ex- 
plain the "mite" giving of people who use the church and 
yet give so little to its up-keep? 

As soon as we young people receive an allowance or begin 
working, then we should begin making regular contributions 
to the church and its organizations. These gifts should in- 
crease in size in proportion to our earnings. Our loyalty to 
our church does include our contributing to its continuance. 

LOYALTY MEANS WORKING IN THE CHURCH. There 
is a place for every church member in the church work. If 
we are really loyal, we will seek out our place of sei'vice, and 
really go to work. The fields of service are many. Filling an 
empty place in a pew on Sunday is a noble service. Prayer 
for the pastor and the church is another. Singing in the choir, 
helping with the children, and a multitude of other services 
can each week be performed by us. The question for us to 
answer is this, "Are we willing to take the time to serve the 
church?" Our answer to this determines our allegiance to 
our church. 

PROBLEMS TO WORK ON 

1. A girl gets up at 5 A. M. six days a week in order to be 
at her defense job on time. She does not work on Sunday. 
Since taking this job she does not attend Sunday School or 
church, her argument being that her early rising the other 
six days makes her want to sleep in for rest on Sunday. Is she 
justified? What is her gain or loss? What would you say 
to her that would bring her to see that she should make the 
effort to be in the Sunday morning services ? Is she being 
loyal to her church? 

2. From the "religious Telescope" we glean that, "A church 
statistician says that five per cent of all church members 
do not exist; ten percent of them cannot be found; twenty- 
five percent never go to church; fifty percent never contribute 
a cent to the work of the church; seventy-five percent never 
go to the mid-week prayer service; ninety percent do not have 
family worship in their homes; ninety-five percent never try 
to win a lost soul to Christ." 

What do you think the percentages are for your church ? 
Would the individuals mentioned in these percentages care to 
live in this or any other community without the presence of 
the church ? What things can we young people do to decrease 
these percentages ? What do you think would happen to our 
churches if these percentages continued? Is it not true that 
the Holy Spirit is the power behind the advance of the church, 
and that if the. continuance of the church were left entirely 
in the hands of man, that the church would fail ? Should we 
not seek the direction of the Spirit in all our church work 
and activities ? 



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Oup Children's 
Department 

Mrs. Uoretta Carrithers 
Superintendent 




Dear Children: 

All over the city one day there came dovm little white 
things looking like snowflakes. There were many of them, 
and the people picked them up from where they fell. They 
were little pieces of white paper with these words on them: 
"Dropped from an aeroplane." 

An aeroplane had been flying in the sky, over the streets 
and buildings dropping the message which the people were 
reading. 

When I picked up one of those pieces of paper, I began to 
think what marvellous things the aeroplanes had come to be. 
This very one which dropped the paper perhaps was one 
which had flown across the continent. Miles and miles and 
thousands of miles it had been, along the blue highways, up 
among the clouds, over cities and towns and roads and fields, 
over the mountains and rivers speeding more swiftly than 
the birds. And I remember also how a few years ago for the 
first time the aeroplane crossed the ocean. Now they cross 
regularly the ocean to other lands. At first this seemed im- 
possible that they could cross the wide ocean. Today we think 
of it in a matter of course way. 

When we think of this, it is very interesting to look back 
and understand how it came about that men have learned to 
fly. It has happened in quite a diff'erent way from what they 
imagined at first. The first thing they tried to do was to make 
wings for themselves like a bird. They built a framework and 
covered it with something which would beat against the air, 
and fastened it on to their arras and shoulders and imagined 
that they could fly. About four hundred years ago there was 
an Italian alchemist who came to Scotland, and said that he 
had made himself some wings with which he could fly from 
Scotland right across the sea to France. So he strapped the 
wings to his shoulders and climbed up to the top of a high 
wall of the castle at Edinburgh so as to get a good start, 
while the people stood below to watch him. But instead of 
flying he fell head over heels, dovm to the ground and broke 
one of his legs. Then he had to make an excuse to cover up 
his mistake. He said that the feathers he made his ^vings out 
of must be chicken feathers, and so they flew back towards 
the barnyard; and if he had had eagle's feathers in his wings 
instead, he could have flown up into the sky. 

But that was not the fact, and I suppose everybody knew it. 
After a while men found out that they could never fly with 
wings they strapped onto their arms. They had to find some 
other way if they were ever to journey through the air. 

So at last this was what they found out. They must fly not 
by trying to do it themselves, but by using the wits God had 
given them, and the materials God had put here in the world 
for them to use, so that they could take something which 
would fly with them and carry them through the air when 
they could not carry themselves. They took God's trees; they 
took the cotton and linen that God caused to grow; they took 
the steel and metals that God placed in the earth; they took 



the oil and gasoline from the wells — out of these they made 
the aeroplane. Then, when it was completed all man needed 
to do was to climb into it press a few buttons and pull a few 
levers and the aeroplane left the ground to carry man through 
the air. 

So as man needs the aeroplane to carry him up in the air 
so we need something else also. That is the way when men 
try to be good. They cannot do it themselves but need some- 
thing else. They cannot soar up to heaven by their own 
strength; but need to have something which will carry them, 
that is none other than Jesus. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



C. E. NEWS 



Christian Endeavor Goals for 1942-43 
Is Your Society Reaching Them? 



(Reach and report at least 10 of the 12) 

1. Forty-eight devotional meetings. 

2. At least four planned social activities. 

3. One public meeting, presenting the work of C. E., with 
an ofl'ering received for denominational or inter-denomi- 
national work. ■ ■ ,■ 

4. Some special form of evangelistic activity. 

5. A local benevolent or missionary project. 

6. Representation at some Brethren Camp. 

7. At least one news item for THE (EVANGELIST and re- 
turn of statistical report to the National C. E. Secretary 
by August 1st. 

8. Stewardship instruction. 

9. A monthly executive meeting at a regular and specified 
time. , 

10. Maintenance of a C. E. Bulletin board and the use of 
posters, etc., for advertising. 

11. Special emphasis to the C- E. Pledge in at least 12 meet- 
ings during the year. 

12. Instruction in the meaning of the "Quiet Hour." 

SOME DEVASTATING FACTS CONCERNING THE 
LIQUOR QUESTION 

(Continued from page 7) 

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; 
but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. 

A man that flattereth his neighbors spreadeth a net for his 
feet. Proverbs 29: 1, 2, 5. , 

Read prayerfully Malachi 3:7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. 

Congress is going to draft 2% millions of our 18 and 19 
year old boys into the service. Congress refuses to remove the 
demon of alcohol from the camps and cities near the camps. 

10,000,000 fathers and mothers realize the temptations of 
our boys and girls in these cities. If our officials could realize 
how the fathers and mothers feel, this awful condition would 
change overnight. 



January 23, 1943 



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One hundred letters to our senators and congressmen will 
impress them more than a petition of 1,000 names. 

I believe if the prohibitionist will cooperate with me in dis- 
tributing this tract throughout America, it will create such 
a huge wave of sentiment the conditions will change in a few 
weeks. 

I trust that every reader of this tract will order a large 
number to distribute to their friends and neighbors. I am 
not commercializing on the great cause of prohibition; the 
small profit made on the tracts goes back into the cause. 

One hundred tracts, postage prepaid, $1. Please remit by 
postoffice money order. Print or write your name and adress 
plainly. 

BIG FOUR 
Four of the greatest sins of this age: drinking, gambling, 
immorality, selfishness. 

J. A. GILES 
Just a Layman Who Loves the Lord 
Hardeman Building 
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FLORA, INDIANA 

Another year is being written into the history of the Flora 
First Brethren Church. It has been a good year insofar as 
spirit and the will to be constant and faithful is concerned. 
Insofar as growth and some other possible achievements, 
there is yet much left over to be striven for in the future. 

Our auxiliary groups have achieved excellent results in 
attaining goals set early in the year. Our W. M. S. met nearly 
all its goals; contributed to the Chapel Fund; gave $25.00 
to the Thanksgiving offering; sent many gifts to Kentucky; 
purchased paper for the parsonage, and presented Mrs. U. J. 
Shively as speaker in their Public Service. 

Our Loyal Workers Class (taught by Hoy Musselman) saw 
that the boys in service were sent letters and boxes, and also 
saw that the furnace at the parsonage was repaired. The 
willing Workers (taught by Mrs. Rufus Flora) visited the 
sick and sent many personal messages inviting people to our 
services. The Win-A-Couple Class (taught by Olaf Brown) 
joined efforts with the Caravan Class (taught by Elmer 
Cripe, our Moderator) in presenting our church with lovely 
Christian and American Flags. The S. M M. gave and dedi- 
cated a Service Flag, and also assisted much in many devo- 
tional exercises. The Children's Department sent a fine box 
of school supplies to Kentucky, gave Sunshine Boxes and 
remembered the sick. 

Early in October Rev. C. C. Grisso came to us as evangelist, 
in a two-weeks meeting. He brought us many messages—- 
forceful, sincere and spiritually inspired. Three were baptized, 
land others were aroused to both new and renewed interest 
in the church. Following the revival nearly one hundred at- 
tended our Communion service. We have continued to assist 
in all Union Services of the community where our presence 
could be of value. 



In the matter of financial support, we have stood out well 
from the standpoint of per capita giving. It seems that we 
are still held accountable for a membership rating, which has 
been disappointingly shattered but not hopelessly. Our mem- 
bership is now of fine and sincere people, and in due time we 
shall, we believe, more than overcome the losses recently sus- 
tained. At last Thanksgiving time our per capita offering was 
$1.15, while at Easter time we gave, on that basis, $1.20, and 
this year we shall exceed both of these. Our Thanksgiving 
offering will stand near $1.50 per member. 

We have not been able to reach the 100% mark in The 
Evangelist Campaign, but we have very substantially in- 
creased our subscriptions. 

All in all, we are rather well along in finances in our local 
afl'airs, having put the church well on its feet early in the 
fall in anticipation of winter expenses. 

In addition to all these, we have tried earnestly to be mind- 
ful of "higher" things in serving the God to whom we owe 
so much in return for bountiful blessings already so kindly 
bestowed upon us. 

As in many other churches, we have individuals who stand 
out as towers of strength and encouragement. We cannot 
mention them here, but their achievements are to be credited 
where the hand of man cannot write. 

We close, leaving much unsaid, but anxious to be pressing 
on toward new and better marks — and the OLD, OLD GOAL 
set by our Creator in the long, dim past — human salvation! 

Bert Hodge, Minister. 



BURLINGTON— CAMBRIA CIRCUIT, INDIANA 

The Burlington Church held its annual business meeting 
recently, and new officers were elected for the Church and 
School, and are all set for another year of victory for the 
Lord. 

The School Cabinet has had its first meeting also and the 
teaching force has been selected and is ready to work. Roy 
Brubaker was again chosen as Superintendent, and has men- 
tioned some of his goals for the new year. 

The Cambria Church is having their business meeting this 
week, and the new officers will assume their duties imme- 
diately. Some of the reports show progress. The W. M. S. 
has had their Public service, with State President, Mrs. Rus- 
sell Rodkey, as guest speaker. Their offering goes to the 
Brethren's Home and Minister's Fund. 

The Cambria Church made up a "purse" in December, and 
as it was handed to the minister, the Superintendent said, 
"This is to help our pastor and wife to spend their Christmas 
with their children in Topeka, Kansas; and we are also giving 
them one Sunday off with pay." 

We traveled by train and spent our FIRST Christmas with 
our children and families, since they have been married — 10 
years. Praise the Lord, for those who helped to make us happy 
were much blessed themselves. We are happy in Him. 

W. R. Deeter. 



ASHLAND, OHIO, NEWS 

From December 1st to 13th, the Ashland Church enjoyed 
another spiritual feast in the Revival Campaign conducted 
by Rev. William S. Crick. As pastor, I was anxious to have 
Brother Crick lead in this campaign, for I had worked with 
him in two previous campaigns, once as entertaining pastor 
and once as evangelist. This is the first time the Ashland 
Church has heard him from our local pulpit. One of our older 
preachers said, "I certainly enjoyed the Revival. Brother 
Crick far surpassed my expectations as a preacher." 



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On Wednesday evening following the close of the revival, 
we baptized five and received them into the Church. Follow- 
ing this service we had a testimony meeting and many ex- 
pressed their delight in the preaching of Brother Crick. 

It was also a joy to work with him from house to house. 
His congenial spirit and cheerful disposition brought cheer 
to all who were visited. We were wonderfully entertained 
in the homes, both for the dinner as well as the supper hour. 
This was especially a delight to both pastor and evangelist, 
because many of the meals were in homes of ministers and 
teachers in the College. 

There were seven confessions. Five of these have been re- 
ceived into the fellowship of the Church. Another came by 
letter and one will come soon by relation, with the promise 
of others yet to come. 

In spite of the wintry weather the attendance was good 
and interest splendid throughout. It was impossible to have 
delegations from other churches, due to the gas rationing. But 
the local people were faithful. 

Thanks again, Brother Crick. Our homes and church are 
ever open to you. Come again. 

As we begin a new year it might be profitable to resolve 
to supply Church News for The Evangelist a little more often. 
It is also a good time to make a survey of the year's accom- 
plishments and failures. We have now been with the Ashland 
Church for sixteen months. This should be sufficient time 
to judge the life and spirit of the church. 

The finances of the church have been splendid. We led the 
denomination in three special offerings; were near the top in 
Missions and exceeded by $100.00 another offering. In fact 
at the end of the fiscal year there was a balance of $800.00 
in the regular treasury and we had increased our Denomi- 
national Offerings by $600.00 over the previous year. The 
church also pledged $1,400.00 for the Ashland College Re- 
serve Fund Drive. Another surprise came this fall when the 
Thanksgiving Offering reached the sum of $540.00. This was 
$125.00 above our goal and $180.00 more than last year. The 
pastor's salary was increased $300.00. The church debt has 
been reduced until only $550.00 remains. So it will not be 
long now until you will read of another church burning an 
old mortgage. We will all rejoice in this great day. 

Sixty-one have been received into the fellowship of the 
church, with a loss of twenty-five. This great loss is due to 
the fact that we have definitely contacted most of our one 
hundred isolated members, asking for an expression of loy- 
alty on their part to the church. Through this method we dis- 
covered that some had been carried along as members who 
had united with other churches. Quite a few of those received 
into the church have been the heads of younger families. 
These will mean much to the future of the church. We are 
sending our church Calendar to about forty different ad- 
dresses outside of Ashland. 

The attendance too, has been gratifying with an increase 
over the previous year in Prayer Meeting, Sunday School and 
the Worship services, as well as in Christian Endeavor. This 
church is indeed fortunate in that the morning worship at- 
tendance is nearly as large as the Sunday School attendance. 
Some children leave, but the majority of adults and young 
people remain and others come for the worship period. 

In addition to making several calls on the entire member- 
ship in and near Ashland, we have been in 430 other homes 
in South Ashland, having made a religious survey of this sec- 
tion. The 1,000 calls made have all been "complete calls," not 
just door bell calls. This house to house calling has been a 
real joy to me and I believe it will prove a blessing to the 
church in the future. It is necessary always to develop a 
friendly spirit in the community where one works. 

The Brethren Evangelist has been placed on the Budget 



system and will go to all the active homes in the church. This 
will mean some 135 subscriptions. We are also sending the 
paper free to new homes for the first year as well as to our 
boys in the Armed Forces, who desire the same. 

The above account of progress has been due very largely 
to the splendid leadership found in the church. Consecrated 
leadership, when rightly directed and challenged, will bring 
rich rewards. The church is united and determined to go for- 
ward. Much better preachers sit in the pew each Sunday than 
myself, and there are many with greater education. But all 
have been considerate, prayerful and helpful. For this I am 
extremely grateful. 

I want publicly to thank the church, in behalf of myself 
and family, for the lovely gifts given us during this happy 
stay. Last, but not least, was the lovely remembrance with 
a $50.00 War Bond, given at Christmas time. Thanks, Breth- 
ren, for your lovely remembrance. 

As we look back over the months we thank God for victories 
won through answered prayer and we give Him the glory. 
As we look to the future we see great opportunities. Pray 
that we may meet these as faithfully as we have met the 
past opportunities. 

L. V. King pastor. 



LOST CREEK, KENTUCKY 

From our God, through His Word, we have this, "It is more 
blessed to give than to receive." We have thought of this 
much and quoted it often. We have received some thrills 
in gifts which have been given to the work. Then I was made 
to know that to the giver somewhere along the line, comes 
the greater thrill. So many times we have felt such a deep 
debt of gratitude to the Sisterhood Girls for the gift of the 
bus which they provided for the work. How we have desired 
that you all could have seen something of the blessings of 
this bus as we have seen it, carrying around fifty folks, 
young, old, little and big to the house of worship, knowing 
that for the most of them, if not all of them, it would be 
their only opportunity for worship that day. Thus the bus has 
truly been a great blessing to so many. 

Many times as we went along the highway we saw so many 
whom we could not take on the bus, and some of whom did 
not even seem to care to get on the bus. We prayed about it. 
Soon it came to us that a loud speaker on the bus would solve 
our problem. There was more prayer about the matter. 

Later we had word from the Rev. J. Milton Bowman, pastor 
of the Brethren Church at Nappanee, Indiana, that there was 
a Sunday School class in his church that would supply this 
very thing. What blessed news that was. Soon it was ordered, 
and promptly arrived. It is one of the very best systems of 
loud speakers, operated by the battery for the bus engine. A 
local mechanic at Jackson installed it without any charges for 
his work, and it operates very satisfactorily. 

Well, who was it that made this great blessing possible? It 
was done by a rather newly organized Sunday School class in 
the Nappanee Brethren Church. They have named themselves 
the "Loyal Crusaders." And they are certainly well deserving 
of the name, for their "works do follow them." Only eternity 
will tell all the blessings of this thing which they have done, j 
This speaker literally floods these valleys with Gospel music] 
and the Gospel message. Folks are crowding now to the bus] 
to go along to worship, and last Sunday we could not take' 
all who wanted to go. It has literally increased much oppor- 
tunity for evangelization. God bless this class, and His bless- 
ings will certainly come back on them through the years and ] 
throughout eternity. 

G. E. Drushal. 



January 23, 1943 



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HARTMAN-MYERS. In the Bethlehem Brethren Church 
on Christmas Eve, the undersigned united in bonds of Holy 
Matrimony Mr. Perry D. Hartman and Mrs. Lessie L. Landes 
Myers. The ceremony was witnessed by a small company of 
intimate friends of the bride and groom. 

Mr. Hartraan is a highly respected member of the Mennon- 
ite Church. Mrs. Hartman is a member of the Bethlehem 
congregation. 

Heartiest good wishes for a happy wedded life from, 

John F. Locke, pastor. 




STADUM-BULLOCK. On September 9, 1942, at the Loree 
parsonage, Mr. Loren Stadum and Miss Mozell Bullock were 
united in marriage by the writer. 

Miss Bullock is a member of the Loree Brethren Church 
and at present is employed at the Kingsbury Plant, and Mr. 
Stadum is with the armed forces. 

May heaven's blessings attend their journey through life. 

C. C. Grisso. 



FOX-KLINGMAN— On December 12, 1942, Mr. Claude A. 
Fox of the Loree community and Miss Buanita Klingman, 
also of the Loree neighborhood, were united in sacred wed- 
lock by the Loree pastor. Mrs. Fox is the daughter of Trustee 
Klingman of Clay TowTiship. Mr. Fox is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Carl Fox, Sr., and a grandson of the late Elder John 
M. Fox. 

Claude is one of the faithful young men of the Loree 
Church. He is leaving at once to join the armed forces. 

We wish for these splendid young folks a very happy and 
prosperous journey as they go through life together. 

C. C. Grisso. 



HUNT-DICK. Miss Jacqueline Dick, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Raymond Dick of Vinco, Pennsylvania, and Curtis Glenn 
Hunt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hunt of Jackson Town- 
ship, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, were united in marriage 
on November 17, 1942, at 8:00 p. m., in the Vinco Brethren 
Church. This is the first wedding in the new church and the 
beautiful auditorium added much to the occasion. 

The undersigned officiated, using the single ring ceremony. 
Mr. and Mrs. Hunt will reside in Vinco. 

Clarence Y. Gilmer. 



GREENE-BENSHOFF. On Monday evening, December 14, 
1942, at the First Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa, in a beau- 
tiful candlelight service. Miss Faith E. Ben.shoff became the 
bride of Pfc. William H. Greene, formerly of Pearl, 111., but 
now of Camp Hale, Pando, Colo. The single ring ceremony 
was performed by the bride's father. The happy couple was 
attended by L. L. RuLon and Miss Charlotte Dean. 

Mrs. Greene is a graduate of Ashland College in the class 
of 1937 and has for the last four years been a member of the 
staff of the Waterloo public library. After a brief honeymoon 
the groom retunerd to his duties at Camp Hale. Mrs. Greene 
will make her home with her parents at Waterloo, and con- 
tinue her work with the public library. These newly-weds 
have the prayers and best wishes of their many friends for 
a long and happy married life. 

W. C. Benshoff. 



Laid to Rest 




DEBEY— Miss Katherine DeBey was born on May 2, 1867 
in the Province of Groonigew, Holland, and departed this 
life December 12, 1942, at the age of 75 years, 7 months and 
10 days. At the age of two years, she with the family, came 
to Kansas and lived on their homestead one mile east and 
seven and one-half miles north of Downs, Kansas. 

Her father died when she was 10 years old and her mother 
was called the next year. 

In 1882 she was married to G. J. Wolters, and to this union 
nine children were born: four daughters and five sons, who 
were all at her bedside at the time of her death, except the 
oldest son, Johnny Wolters, who preceded her in death in 
1902. 

She gave her heart to the Lord and joined the Brethren 
Church of Portis, Kansas, in 1894 and remained a faithhful 
member. 

Her health began to fail some fifteen years ago, yet through 
all her suffering she was patient, kind and cheerful. She 
was a loving wife and mother. She was always ready to do 
all in her power to make her family happy and comfortable. 
She always enjoyed the Church services and many times made 
mention of her Sunday School Class, wishing she could be 
there. She was a faithful attendant when her health per- 
mitted. A few days before she departed she expressed herself 
as being ready to go Home. 

She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, her chil- 
dren. Mart, Harold, Russel and Lester Wolters, Mrs. Helena 
Gentzler, Amanda Lemon, Cinda Rube and Reta Bihlmaier, 
all of Portis, Kansas. She also leaves two brothers, Harry 
and Pete DeBey of Downs, Kansas, and several grandchildren. 
Also a host of other relatives and friends. The chair she va- 
cated will remind us of a kind mother and a faithful servant 
of our Heavenly Father. 

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lewis Naylor 
of the Church of the Brethren. 

Report furnished by D. G. Lemon. 



MACK — David Mack, son of Jacob and Elvira Mack, was 
born in Bowling Green township. Licking County, Ohio, March 
19, 1866. He was called from his earthly labors to his heavenly 
home on December 3, 1942, at the age of 76 years. 

lEarly in his life he united with the Baracca Brethren 
church near Glenford, and when that church moved to Glen- 
ford, he placed his membership there. On November 1, 1891 he 
was united in marriage to Ida Gall. In addition to Mrs. Mack, 
he is survived by a sister and brother, three sons, Oscar, 
Everett, and Parker, and two daughters, Mrs. Marie Gutrudge, 
and Mrs. Max Stough, and five granddaughters, and one 
great-granddaughter. He was preceded by two brothers, John 
and Nathan, and a sister Emnia, and by a daughter, Esta, 
and a great-grandson. 

It is fitting to recall that true to the heritage and tradi- 
tion of the Mack family which led in the founding of the 
Brethren church, and in which he was one of the oldest living 
descendents. Brother Mack was loyal to his church, and a 
devoted servant of God. He served the church in various capa- 
cities, always vrith faithfulness and fervor. 

Services were conducted at the Glenford Brethren church 
by the undersigned, with burial in Highland cemetery. 

J. Garber Drushal. 



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Vol. LXV, No. 5 



January 30, 1943 




Official Organ 
of The Brethren Church 






The Brethren Evangelist 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Published fifty weeks of the year at 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING CO. 

ASHLAND, OHIO 

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W. E. Ronk, President 

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J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 

MANAGING EDITOR 

F. C. Vanator 

EDITORS 

Rev. W. E. Ronk, Dr. C. F. Yoder, Dr. C. A. Bame, 

Editor Missionary Number 
Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Dr. W. S. Bell, Dr. George S. Baer, Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Rev. Claud Studebaker Rev. Frank Gehman 

Dr. R. F. Porte 



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CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 2 

Two Oft Neglected Departments of Our Church Schools 

Editorial— F. C. V 3 

Stir Up the Gift Within— Rev. A. B. Cover 4 

Missions and Methods of the Early Church — 
Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer 5 

Our Boy Soldiers — Dr. Charles A. Bame 8 

Announcing the Founders Day Services for March 28th. . 9 

Special Mention 10 

Laid to Rest 11 

With the Laymen 11 

Christian Endeavor Topic for February 7th 12 

Christian Endeavor Topic for February 14th 13 

Our Children's Department 14 

News From Our Churches 15 



INTERESTING ITEMS 



THE QUESTION OF WHO IS NO. 5 in the line-up of 
100% churches on the Evangelist Subscription drive was set- 
tled just as we were going to press last week, but too late 
to include in the paper. The following letter came from Broth- 
er William S. Crick, pastor of the Third Church of Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania: 



January 18, 1943. 



Dear Brother Vanator: 



Johnstown Third Brethren Church and Sunday School 
have voted to underwrite jointly the placing of "THE 
BRETHREN EVANGELIST" in all the active Brethren 
families of the local Church. This will mean the addition 
of appro.\imately seventy subscriptions. 

Victoriously yours, 

William S. Crick, Minister. 

Congratulations to the Johnstown Third Church. Now hurry 
up, Louisville, and send in your official confirmation or you 
will even miss out on No. 6. 



THE ROLL NOW STANDS AS FOLLOWS: 
No. 1.. . (Second Year) . .Vinco, Pa., Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, pastor 

No. 2 New Lebanon, Ohio, Rev. C. W. Berkshire, pastor 

No. 3., .North Manchester, Indiana, Rev. J. R. Schutz, pastor 

No. 4 Ashland, Ohio, Rev. L. V. King, pastor 

No. 5 Johnstown, Pa., Third, Rev. W. S. Crick, pastor 

No. 6 ? ? ? ? 



MORE ADDITIONS AT BRYAN, OHIO. From the calen- 
dar of Brother Stewart, pastor of the Bryan Church, we 
glean the information that eight more were baptized and 
united with the church on Thursday evening, January 14th. 
The Spirit still moves in this church. 



NOT LONG AGO WE RECEIVED A CALENDAR in our 
mail, on the outside of which were the words, "First Brethren 
Church," but search as we would through the remainder of 
the calendar, we could not find the name of the church from 
which it came. We are suggesting that the church name ap- 
pear somewhere in the bulletin, or at least the pastor's name. 
There were some things we would like to have reported from 
it, but we did not know where it came from. 



NOTE FROM BROTHER FREEMAN ANKRUM'S RE- 
PORT in the present issue the announcement of their evan- 
gelistic meetings, February 1-14, with Brother C. A. Stewart, 
as evangelist. Put this meeting on your prayer list. 



WE NOTE ALSO THAT THE REVIVAL SERVICES of 
the Goshen, Indiana, church will be conducted beginning March 
29th and continuing through April 11th, with Dr. Charles A. 
Bame as evangelist. Remember this also in prayer. 



AND WHILE WE ARE ANNOUNCING MEETINGS, we 
just picked up the Oakville, Indiana, Calendar for January 
24th, and find that their meetings will begin Sunday, Febru- 
ary 14th, with Brother J. Ray Klingensmith as evangelist. 
Brother S. M. Whetstone is the pastor. 




EDITORIALS 



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15W0 OFT HEGLECTED DEPART- 
MEKTS OF OUR QHURCH SCHOOLS 

In order to have a Church School function prop- 
erly, it should begin at the birth of the child and 
end only when breath ceases and the soul wings its 
flight to its Creator. 

Careful survey of the activities of our Church 
Schools leads us to the conclusion that far too many 
schools are not availing themselves of the opportu- 
nity of touching the infant groups and the privilege 
of serving the shut-ins and aged. 

The "feeding of the flock," according to the com- 
mand of Jesus to "feed my lambs and feed my 
sheep," certainly cannot merely begin at the Begin- 
ners Department and close with the oldest class of 
the school. When individuals are fully interested 
and attend regularly the sessions of the School, the 
problem loses some of its difficulty. But let us recall 
that the easiest manner of forgetfulness is the mere 
matter of non-attendance, and, after a time, this 
non-attendance, whether voluntary or compulsory, 
becomes the opening wedge to neglect and indiffer- 
ence. 

Concrete Example 

There is a certain season when the young mother 
finds attendance out of the question. At first, in the 
regular attendant, this is a cross hard to bear. But 
as weeks and months go by, this changes to an indif- 
ference to the desire to be in attendance. Other 
things, too often, have usurped the place the Church 
has held in time past. 

Solution 

There is a solution to this problem. That solution 
is the definite work of the Cradle Roll. Even before 
the ink is dry on the birth certificate or registration, 
steps should be taken by the Cradle Roll Superin- 
tendent or her helpers, to register the little life on 
the roll of the Church School. If this is done two 
things are accomplished immediately: 1. The par- 
ents are reminded of their relation and obligation 
to both the child and to the Church. There is a rea- 
sonable assurance that such an act will cause the 
parents to bring the child to the church for a service 
of consecration and dedication in the not too far dis- 
tant future. 2. The child becomes a part of the Church 
School in reality and in truth. And when the time 
comes for the child to enter the regular classes it is 
not entirely foreign to the meaning of the work of 
the school. 



Frequent contact with both parents and the child 
constantly keeps this obligation alive. And when the 
time comes that the parents with the child, can re- 
new their attendance and faithfulness to the church, 
they find themselves already truly identified with the 
school. 

Specific Example 

We have before us a record of the Cradle Roll of 
the Third Church of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. This 
came to the editor in a bulletin of the church, pas- 
tored by Brother William S. Crick. Periodically these 
lists are presented to the church in this manner, thus 
keeping constantly before the people the names of 
these little ones. It is in this manner that the general 
church becomes acquainted with its future church 
prospects. This particular list contains the names of 
forty-three children, a larger number than appears 
on some of our church membership rolls. A whole 
church in the making, in fact. Here is the opportuity 
of not only reaching the child itself, but often it is the 
entering wedge whereby a whole family becomes 
Christian and workers in the church. 

The Field of Endeavor 

The field need not be confined to the membership 
of the church. Here is a fine opportunity to reach 
new family groups. For, if one does something for 
the child the parent is sure to be touched. Here is a 
definite way to find prospects for your church. Wliy 
not try it? 

The Other Extremity ' - - •'- 

Far removed from the Cradle Roll, in point of 
years, is the Home Department activities. There are 
many who, by attention given them when kept shut 
in by things over which they have no control, are 
literally won back to the church or even won to the 
church, by these little attentions. It is just as im- 
portant that this part of the Church School be cared 
for as it is that the other not be neglected. A Home 
Department Class is as trulj^ a class of the Church 
School as any one which sits in the class room each 
Sunday. We venture to predict that more Home De- 
partment scholars study their lessons than regular 
Church School members. 

Then why neglect these two most important phases 
of the work of the Church School? It pays to keep 
them liquid. 

F. C. V. 



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Stir Up 
The 
Gift 

V/ithin 



Rev. A. B. Cover 



God has not been without His special witnesses 
throughout the periods of progressive revelation. 
During the period when God revealed Himself gen- 
erally to mankind, He spoke to individuals repre- 
senting some special relationship to a group of fel- 
lowmen; and by faith and obedience to God became 
His earthly spokesman. Noah, a pi-eacher of right- 
eousness, warned the ante-diluvian world of coming 
judgment because of their wickedness. Jonah was 
sent to preach repentance to the Ninevehites. 

When the world was ripe for special revelation, 
God called Abram from Ur of Chaldea. Abram 
heeded the call from God and became a man with a 
tent and an altar. Through implicit obedieince of 
Abram, God had a representative on the earth 
through whom He made a special covenant. This cov- 
enant was to bring blessing to the whole world. In 
its fulfillment, it brought to the world a Saviour, 
Christ, the Lord. When Christ came to earth and ac- 
complished the end of His coming. He called and 
trained certain individuals to be His witnesses. These 
witnesses became His disciples and through a period 
of nearly three years He unfolded to them the nature 
of His coming kingdom ; and He enunciated the con- 
ditions that would obtain in His kingdom. The meek. 
He said, should inherit the earth and those who 
should be persecuted for righteousness should be re- 
warded in Heaven. God, all through the ages of His 
revelation to man, used those that were specially 
gifted to proclaim His message. 

Paul addressing Timothy urged him to "stir up 
the gift within." We are not definitely told what that 
gift was ; it was not faith, for he already possessed 
a rich heritage of faith through his direct ancestors. 
Paul speaks of it as a possession and yet, admonishes 



him to stir up the gift within. It may have been 
special aptness of teaching and preaching the Word. 
This, we hold, to be a special gift. Paul said, "Woe 
is me if I preach not the Gospel." Verily, do we be- 
lieve that woe befalls anyone who is gifted to be 
used of the Lord and refuses to yield the gift for the 
Master's use. 

How shall one proceed to stir up the gift within? 
Certainly, this implies serious consideration. It be- 
hooves us to remind ourselves of our relationship to 
God. We are His by right of creation, and doubly so, 
by revelation. Contemplation of God's purchasing 
price for our redemption should urge us to surrender 
any and all gifts that He may use to His glory. The 
surrender on the part of an individual may not be 
easy, for it may entirely change life's plans. But the 
Lord will bless and use such obedience to the work- 
ing out of His purpose in that life. There follows, 
naturally then, the consecration of self endeavor. 
This means the investment of the talent with which 
God has endowed us and if one possesses natural 
qualification, he still needs to equip himself mentally, 
morally and physically to the very best that oppor- 
tunity affords him. The servant of the Lord must as- 
sume leadership that will challenge. He not only 
preaches the Word, but he also becomes a commu- 
nity leader. He must be able to preach the Word ; he 
must be able to discern the specific needs of his par- 
ishioners. This will challenge him to be able to inter- 
pret social and moral conditions that confront his 
people. In other words, the pastor of a church must 
know what is needed to uplift his people socially, 
morally and spiritually. Thus says Paul to Timothy, 
"Stir up the gift within Thee." 

How shall one proceed to stir up the gift within?" 



January 30, 1943 



Certain natural qualities are essential as already 
stated. But outstanding is an educational training. If 
one is apt to teach, he needs that education that will 
enable him to know what to teach. He must know his 
subject matter. A minister of the Word must know 
his Bible. For a Brethren minister there is one insti- 
tution of learning best fitted to prepare for his work. 
That institution is Ashland College Seminary. By 
this statement, we do not mean to minimize other 
like schools where many are trained for the Chris- 
tian ministry, but Ashland Seminary affords the 



teaching that is distinctly Brethren in emphasis and 
Biblical in doctrine. 

This training equips a minister for his duties as 
held by our church, and becomes a leader that will 
challenge such admiration that will enhance his call- 
ing. Brethren, it behooves us to magnify the high 
and holy calling of the ministry. We deal with the 
eternal souls of men and must strive to have our 
message ring true to eternal verities taught in His 
Holy Book, the Bible. 

— Linwood, Maryland. 



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Missions and Methods 



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The Early Church 



Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer 



By the early church I refer to the church in the 
days of the apostles and in the first century of the 
Christian era. Those were the days of them who 
walked with Jesus and talked with Him and re- 
ceived commandment direct from His lips, all of 
them who were filled with the Holy Spirit who 
brought all things to their remembrance whatsoever 
Jesus had said unto them. Those were also the days 
when the New Testament Scriptures were written 
and the simple and true meaning thereof was demon- 
strated by full and accurate obedience. 

At first the preaching of the gospel was confined 
exclusively to Jerusalem and the nearby territory, 
except perhaps for the labors of some from more 
distant localities who were converted on the memor- 
able Day of Pentecost and carried the Good News 
to their home communities; but of this we know 
nothing of a certainty. The first part of the Great 
Commission, to ivitness in all Judea, the apostles and 
other leaders promptly carried out with zeal and 
earnestness, but they were slow to realize further 
responsibility. 

The leaders in the early church, at the first, were 
of those who had been associated with Jesus in His 
ministry. Naturally they used the methods that Jesus 
used and taught. Now, the preaching, teaching and 
labors of Jesus were confined almost exclusively to 
the Jews. When He sent forth the twelve on a preach- 
ing tour. He commanded them to "go not into the 



way of the Gentiles, and to enter not into any city 
of the Samaritans ; but to go rather to the lost sheep 
of the house of Israel." The seventy were sent fortn 
"into every city and place, whither He Himself would 
come." 

Thus, during the ministry of Jesus, they were lim- 
ited by His command as to the territory they should 
cover and the people to whom they should preach. 
Therefore, being Jews, with centuries of prejudice 
and seclusiveness established in their natures, al- 
though commissioned by the Lord to preach the gos- 
pel to every creature, they failed to I'ealize any re- 
sponsibility beyond their own people. 

One would think that they would remember that 
the Abrahamic covenant, which they cherished so 
much, included "all nations" in its objective, but this 
they failed to comprehend, even as they failed to 
realize the compass of the command of Jesus to 
"make disciples of all nations." Also, one would 
think that they would have heeded the significance 
of their experience on that Day of Pentecost, when 
the long awaited pi-omise of the Father was fulfilled 
in the coming of the Holy Spirit, and when they were 
all endued with power from on high and so miracu- 
lously spoke forth "the wonderful works of God" in 
the various languages of the people assembled in 
Jerusalem for the feast, languages that hitherto were 
strange and unknown to them, which so vividly in- 
dicated the extent and compass of the will and pui-- 



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pose of God toward all mankind; yet their minds 
were unable to grasp the significance. Although they 
had been commanded to go forth in the power of the 
Spirit and witness for Christ "in all Judea, and in 
Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth," 
they remained in Jerusalem until driven out and 
scattered abroad by the persecution that followed the 
stoning of Stephen. Even then the apostles contin- 
ued in Jerusalem. However, we must say with com- 
mendable courage and faith in God. 

Philip went down to Samaria, which was a step 
in the right direction, for Jesus had commanded 
them to witness for Him in Samaria. God honored 
his labors with many conversions and wonderful 
manifestations of the power of the Holy Spirit. It 
was a most successful adventure. When the apostles 
in Jerusalem heard of this they sent Peter and John 
to investigate and to confirm the converts. They 
seemed perfectly satisfied. Yet they could not be 
shaken from their sectarianism and prejudice. 

It required the miraculous vision of Cornelius, a 
Eoman centurian, and the housetop vision of the 
Apostle Peter, together with the special outpouring 
of the Holy Spirit upon Cornelius and his household 
to convince Peter, and his associates, and the apos- 
tles and brethren that were in Jerusalem, that "God 
is no respecter of persons, but that in every nation 
he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is 
accepted of Him," and that "God also to the Gentiles 
had granted repentance unto life." 

Alas ! how firmly established are the humanisms 
of men, even in those filled with the Holy Spirit, 
as were the apostles and other brethren; how hard 
it is to change established attitudes and ti-ends of 
thought; how the flesh sometimes prevails against 
the Spirit and thwarts the purpose of God; what 
deep searchings of mind and soul we should make 
to rid ourselves of probable error, misunderstand- 
ings and false attitudes ; what thorough resignation 
and complete submission of self to the will and wish 
of God is required to bring one fully into the plan and 
design of God ; how thoroughly one should know the 
Scriptures and how close he should keep to God. No 
wonder that the deep and wonderful truths of God 
are kept from the wise and prudent and revealed 
unto babes. How often God has been compelled to 
use the submissive, weak and ignorant to demon- 
strate divine wisdom and power and to accomplish 
His purpose. 

Peter's convincing experience in the case of Cor- 
nelius and the concurrence and endorsement of the 
apostolic council in Jerusalem seemed insufficient 
to enable him and the other apostles to overcome 
their prejudice and to undertake any aggressive mis- 
sionary effort in behalf of the Gentiles. God seemed 
compelled to look elsewhere for those who would fol- 
low the Spirit's leading in this regard. Another city, 
outside the i-ealm of God's chosen people, and of the 



ministry of His Son, a city noted as a commercial 
and political center, rather than the "Holy City" 
was chosen as the place from whence should be 
sounded forth the saving gospel to all the world. 
Other leaders, not so bound by sectarian prejudice 
and more susceptive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, 
rather than the apostles, were chosen to launch the 
great undertaking. 

Peter is said to have opened the door of salvation 
to the Gentiles, but he seems not to have opened it 
far enough. Perhaps others were striving too hard 
to close the door. But God will have His way. If 
those whom He has called and commissioned to a 
certain task fail Him, He will raise up others who 
will do His will. Yet how patiently He deals with 
men. How long-sufi'ering is God to usward. With 
what compassion He said, "Let no man take thy 
crown." ■ I 

In Acts 11 :19 we read, "Now they that were scat- 
tered abroad upon the persecution that arose about 
Stephen, traveled as far as Phenice and Cyprus, and 
Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the 
Jews only." They found Antioch to be a large and 
prosperous city of 500,000 inhabitants of various 
nationalities. There were many Jews there, but their 
contacts with others had weakened their prejudices. 
Some of the gospel messengers that made their way 
to Antioch were men of Cyprus and Gyrene and they 
preached to the Grecians. These may have been pros- 
elyte Jews, but here was a beginning in the right di- 
rection. Minds and hearts were open to conviction 
and the reception of the gospel. "The hand of the 
Lord was with them; and a great number believed 
and turned to the Lord." Then came Barnabas from 
Jerusalem. He was a native of Cyprus, "a good man, 
and full of the Holy Ghost." Seeing "the grace of 
God, he was glad, and exhorted them all, that with 
purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord." 
Then Barnabas went and brought Saul from Tarsus 
and he was added to the number of workers at An- 
tioch. With sincere devotion to God and faithfulness 
to Christ, they diligently pursued their labors. With 
compassion and love toward all men and a burning 
zeal to win them to Christ they steadily advanced 
toward the will of God that all men should be saved. 

So it came to pass that "as they ministered to the 
Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said. Separate me 
Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have 
called them." A better selection could not have been 
made. They were capable and intelligent and so fully 
submitted to the will of God and the leading of the 
Holy Spirit. The whole company seemed to under- 
stand just what the Holy Spirit wished to do with 
these men. The call was definite. The vision was 
clear. Humbly they fasted and prayed. Doubtless 
they heartily thanked God for answered prayer andi 
for choosing from their number those who would go 
forward on such a great mission. They were all 



January 30, 1943 



happy. Then some leader, or leaders, we know not 
who, was designated to officiate and hands were 
laid on these two men in ordination, separating them 
as the Holy Spirit had directed them. Then the 
church sent them on their way. This was no human 
effort originating in the mind of some man and pro- 
moted in the same manner. It was not planned by 
men. It was divinely planned and we can see the 
gradual working of the Holy Spirit in preparing the 
hearts and minds of the brethren in Antioch for this 
call. 

I would have you notice that first of all the call 
was from God through the Holy Spirit. Otherwise the 
effort would have failed. They waited for this and 
would not go forth without it, even if they had such 
desires and ambitions. And, the Holy Spirit waited 
patiently for them until they were tried and tested 
and were able and willing to respond favorably. I 
would have you notice that the Holy Spirit said to 
the church "Separate me Barnabas and Paul." Cer- 
tain authority was thus delegated to the church, even 
as is the case of the seven deacons in Jerusalem. No- 
tice also that they were set apart, or "separated," 
by the laying on of hands, a fitting symbol of the be- 
stowal of the power of the Holy Spirit. Notice fur- 
ther that it is said that they were sent on their way 
by the church. They were upheld and supported by 
the church. They had the assurance that they had 
the sanction and prayerful cooperation of their 
brethren at home. 

Here, then, we have the beginning of definite for- 
eign missionary endeavor, of which Paul soon be- 
came the great leader. It was not a far venture at 
first. God would not have them attempt too much 
until they were more experienced. Their first efforts 
were put forth in the island of Cyprus, the home 
land of Barnabas, and not far from Cilicia, the 
home land of Saul. But the Spirit led them finally 
across to the main land, into the regions of Pam- 
phylia, Pisidia and Lycaonia, where their interests 
turned definitely toward the Gentiles. 

It was at Antioch in Pisidia that Paul and Barna- 
bas declared unto the Jews, "It was necessary that 
the word of God should have first been spoken unto 
you;butseeingthatyouputit far from you, and judge 
yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn 
to the Gentiles." With this declaration the door was 
opened wide to the Gentiles, and a new era in evan- 
gelistic and missionary effort was begun. However, 
"to the Jew first and also to the Gentile" was the 
order of procedure. The first missionary tour was 
finished in due time. The way was now open for 
more extensive and aggressive effort, not only by 
Paul, but also by others. The continued and exten- 
sive labors of Paul are well known to all. What we 
might call home mission work was also continued 
arduously despite strong opposition and severe per- 
secution. 



The methods of missionary endeavor in the early 
church were very simple. There was no missionary 
board and very little oi'ganization of any kind. The 
apostles in Jerusalem did exercise a degree of over- 
sight over the endeavors of others. They gave con- 
sideration to the labors of Philip and sent Peter and 
John to give council and assistance. They inquired 
into the purpose and results of Peter's mission to the 
house of Cornelius. They also gave endorsement to 
the work of Paul, but for the most part he was a 
free lance as far as any church authority was con- 
cerned. The leadership of the Holy Spirit was ear- 
nestly sought, wholly depended upon, confidently 
claimed and faithfully followed by all at all times. 
When differences and difficulties arose they were 
promptly and amicably settled under the Spirit's 
direction, and the unity and harmony of the church 
was maintained in a remarkable way and to a re- 
markable degree as the gospel was proclaimed 
throughout the world. 

The two by two method of evangelism, instituted 
by Jesus, was used in many instances, though not 
in all. Barnabas and Saul, Paul and Silas, Barnabas 
and Mark and Peter and John are notable examples. 
But Paul did some of his work alone, and so did Peter. 
Sometimes more than two labored in the same com- 
pany. The two by two method has proved to be a 
very advantageous and successful method, even in 
modern times. 

Teaching the Scriptures and preaching the gospel 
was the principal method of reaching the hearts of 
the people. This was done often in the synagogues of 
the Jews, especially at first, but sometimes it was 
done in the market places, in places of public assem- 
bly, by the river side, or wherever an audience could 
be secured. Paul's teaching in the school of Tyran- 
nus in Ephesus for two years was a very successful 
adventure. .. 

Personal evangelism was a very common and suc- 
cessful method. Splendid examples were Andrew's 
bringing Simon, his brother, to Jesus and Philip's 
leading the Ethiopian Eunuch to Christ. It is said 
that "Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired 
house (while a prisoner in Rome) and received all 
that came unto him, preaching and teaching those 
things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all 
confidence, no man forbidding him." Evidently this 
was mostly, if not all, personal evangelism. It has 
been claimed that everyone of Paul's guards were 
converted. 

The organization of local churches wherever pos- 
sible was a method adopted very early for establish- 
ing, unifying and promoting the work begun. Paul 
instructed Timothy to ordain elders in every church, 
evidently for the purpose of shepherding and in- 
structing the flock. 

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Our Boy Soldiers 



Dr. Charles A. Bam-e 



The presence of "boy soldiers" in an army is not 
new or news. Sometimes the boys themselves break 
the rules and sometimes, as in the present case, it 
seems the only possible thing to do. Doubtless many 
of the remaining soldiers of the Civil War are men 
who got in despite their youth and found a way to 
served their cause and country in the conflict against 
slavery. 

To the mother who has to give up her darling high 
school boy for the service, it is all horrifyingly ter- 
rible. Their saddened faces stare at us in the assem- 
blies and especially in the churches where she has 
been hearing speakers say that they would be stood 
up against a stone wall to be shot before they would 
march off in the terrible business of killing their fel- 
lowman. But most of these vociferous pacifists have 
soft-pedaled their vaporings and now find excuses 
or make apologies for their former rashness. They 
and we are now faced with new situations and prob- 
lems that no one — even the most pessimistic — dared 
to imagine. People who were convinced that we were 
speeding toward a warless Utopia could not have 
been convinced that blood-thirsty pagans could pos- 
sibly deceive the socialized world and so strengthen 
themselves as to threaten peoples so advanced by edu- 
cation and environment. Our world was safe, and 
fast approaching the millennium. But they are now 
sensitively aware of the futility of such dreams and 
plans. 

One of the great surprises to the observing in this 
sudden I'ushing of our nation into war is the readi- 
ness of our population to do their utmost to make 
recompense for some mistakes that our indiscretion 
had brought upon us. Not the least of the surprises 
to me, has been the readiness of our young men to 
offer themselves for some sort of service that, by 
any sort of sacrifice necessary, the world might be 
redeemed and rescued from the hands of selfish, soul- 
less, even devilish leaders. It has amazed me beyond 
comprehension. Some of the finest types of young 



men have, before the altars of the church, sought 
consecration for such service as Christians, as the 
Lord might open to them in the camps and on the 
field of battle. It has been among the most delight- 
ful services I have been able to render. Moreover, 
most assuring reports are being made by chaplains 
in the army as to the courage of young men in wit- 
nessing to their beliefs and in trying to show others 
the way to heroism and confidence in the service of 
a God who does all things well and goes with them 
even "through the valley of the shadow of death." It 
is too bad that they are needed; but it would be a 
thousand times harder if they were not going as 
Crusaders for Christ as well as for a world fit for 
sane-thinking people to possess; rather than for 
paganistic hordes of evil, blood-thirstj^ soulless, li- 
centious promoters of godlessness. 

But it is too bad that there is not enough relig- 
ious courage left in the leadership of our country to 
declare that these splendid young men shall be pro- 
tected from the evil and debauchery of liquor. Strong 
men in congress shouted loud against liquor in the 
world, but did not get to first base keeping it away 
from these young men in the camps. Shrewd, avari- 
cious brewers and distillers who have liquor to foist 
upon youth, who, of course, would better be in the 
home and love of godly mothers, had all the final 
say when the voting was done. Who would want the 
responsibility of putting this grog into the hands of 
youth who scarce know the sinister power of taking 
frequent, continued small amounts even of the small- 
est percent beer? If not us, then let us shout our 
protest. 

Has it really come to pass that we no longer have 
courageous men who will boldly speak out and fight 
against the dangers of inebriating of our young 
boys ? Are we becoming soft and colorless ? Are these 
boys to go through the dangers and hazards of war 
and booze with the silent sanction of our preachers 
and leaders ? Are they to be left under the impression 
that the only way for them to be "tough" enough 
for good soldiers is to be hardened by booze and 
other evils ? If older men want to take the risks, let 
the youth be warned that they are more susceptible 
than the older; and that Daniel proved the fallacy 
of wine and the king's dainties, more than two thou- 
sand years ago. 



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I am convinced that the preachers of today need to 
raise a new and loud cry against this source of dan- 
ger. The war may be over sooner than we expected ; 
but it may not end until we have mortgaged the 
purity and temperance of the next generation, if we 
fail to do our full duty toward these boys. It gives 
us a new chance to pre-vision a better day when beer 
trucks will not have precedence over bread wagons. 
If we fail here we shall prove our own cowardice 
and demonstrate our failure to be protectors of right- 
eousness and Christianity. Our nation with these sol- 
dier boys is committed to saving the world for some 
things ; but the preachers and Christian teachers are 
committed to save them from sin and weakness. 

Only a nation that keeps in tune with the God of 
Nations may expect his favoi's and blessings. As 
other nations went into oblivion when they disre- 
garded the precepts and commandments of our God, 
so will any that do not now live in his favor. God does 
not change. Eetribution must be made for all sins; 
it has always been so and for this, God has kept the 
records for us. We must protect our paternal future 
if our nation is to receive the protection that has 
been given the Hebrew nation and kept it intact in 
spite of all human hindrances and their crowning sin 
— the crucifixion of Christ. Our boys are the hope of 
the future stability of our nation ; and liquor is one 
of the best destroyers of manhood yet found. Let us 
pray for our boys, fight for their protection from 
unnecessary evils and freedom from temptation, as 
they deserve. Let us fight to keep them clean and tem- 
perate. 

— Carey, Ohio. 



Missions and Methods 
(Continued from page 7) 

Although much of the organization and machin- 
ery of modern times was lacking and the most se- 
vere opposition was encountered, there never has 
been greater success attained nor more rapid prog- 
ress made by the heralds of the gospel than by those 
of the early church. 

— Huntington, Indiana. 

(The foregoing paper was given at the Ministe- 
rium in Indiana some time ago, and desire was ex- 
pressed for its publication in order that it might 
have a wider hearing. — Editor) 



A story is told of a college professor who was touring in 
the wilds of Northern Canada up near the Arctic Circle. 

He was amazed to find a signpost in that sparsely settled 
part of the world reading as follows: 

"Be careful which rut you get into because you will 
have to stay in it for the next fifty miles." 

We need not worry about the outcome of our life if we 
choose the right rut to travel in. Journey with God and the 
"rut" will be a smooth one. — War Cry. 



ANNOUNCING 

the 

FOU?iDEKS DAT 

SERVICES 

For March 28, 1943 



Preliminary Word 
From the Steering Committee 



Much has been said during recent years about 
the doctrines of the Brethren church; their origin, 
significance, and application. A large part of this 
splendid work has been carried forward by the 
Brethren Emphasis Committee. Their efforts have 
given the church much instruction and blessing. 

However, little has been said in recent times about 
the men who were used of God as the channels 
through which this heritage of doctrine has come to 
Brethren people. The work of these leaders, estab- 
lishing for posterity a new denomination, has not 
been constantly held before the brotherhood. 

Therefore, the Steering Committee, established by 
the last General Conference to keep the interests of 
the denomination before the church throughout the 
year, invites all pastors and congregations to set 
aside the morning hour on March 28, 1943 for a 
Founders' Day Service. At this time, all over the 
nation, Brethren people as a denomination will honor 
the founders of the church. Because of its particu- 
lar appropriateness, the suggestion is that this year's 
service emphasize the part played by Christopher 
Sower, Sr. It is the hope of the Committee that such 
a day will kindle within all a new consciousness of 
the meaning of Brethren, and revive within every 
member a new appreciation of his unique heritage. 

To further this cause, the March 13th issue of The 
Evangelist will be devoted to material on this theme. 
Informative and inspirational articles will aid those 
who plan these services. 

The early reaction to this suggestion has been 
received with such enthusiasm that it is believed 
there will be a unanimous response to this invitation. 
It is the fervent prayer of each member of the Com- 
mittee that God will use this occasion to renew in 
our hearts and minds an appreciation of the unique 
opportunities which He gives in the Brethren church. 

The Steenng Committee. 



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SPECIAL MENTION 



We think the fine work of Brother C. C. Grisso 
in the Loree-College Corner circuit is worthy of 
special mention, even though we are unable to place 
the Loree Church on our 100% list. In a communica- 
tion from Brother Grisso, in which he answered a 
query from the Editor as to whether, (after the fine 
list of 50 subscriptions had been returned to our 
office) we should include the Loree congregation on 
our Honor List of 100 percenters, says, "No, I do 
not think we should be classed as 100% in our 'Evan- 
gelist Subscription list. It hardly covers our active 
list ... It would take 15 or 20 more to merit a place 
with those who have gone all the way." 

We were sorry that we could not list this church 
in the 100% column, but we do feel that they have 
done a magnificent piece of work. 

We feel that the major part of the credit should 
go to the pastor, who sent out a personal letter to 
his people. We are reproducing this letter below, 
hoping that it may serve as a form, at least, for 
other churches to follow. 

You will note that the church paid one-half of the 
subscription price, if the subscriber carded to avail 
himself of the opportunity. That is a suggestion to 
other churches. The letter follows : 

LOREE BRETHREN CHURCH 

"The Church with a Cordial Welcome" 

C. C. Grisso, Minister 

Bunker, Hill, Ind. 
January 1, 1943. 
Dear Brethren: 

An effort is being made throughout the entire Breth- 
ren church to place the "Brethren Evangelist" in every 
home of the denomination. The Brethren Evangelist, you 
know, is the one and only religious magazine published 
wholly for the Brethren Church. Its purpose is to keep 
the whole church informed as to its general interests, ac- 
tivities, growth and progress. We believe that people 
will be interested in their church and will contribute of 
themselves for its promotion largely according to their 
knowledge of its progress. The church paper is set to 
give this information. It brings this information to your 
home once each week . 

Our publication board is in the best position ever to 
give to the church a good church paper. We have just re- 
cently moved into a beautiful new publishing house all 
our own. But it must have subscribers to its publication 
to maintain its existence. Hence this appeal. 

At a business meeting this week the Loree church 
passed a motion, unanimously that the church would pay 
one-half of the subscription price for those families that 
would be willing to pay the other one-half. Thus we are 
seeking to place the Evangelist in your home this year 
at the very low cost of seventy five cents. Certainly no 
Brethren home can afford to be without ITS OWN 



CHURCH PAPiER for this meagre sum. We are anxiotis 
that you join the Evangelist family. 

Now, if you will fill out the form below, enclosing with 
your letter the 75c subscription price, and send it to the 
pastor, your name will be sent with many others within 
the next two weeks. 

In behalf of the church and of the Publishing Company, 
and for myself as your pastor, I thank you, Very Kindly. 



Your Pastor, 
C. C. Grisso. 



Name . . 
Address 



"We have been a pleasure-loving people, dishon- 
oring God's Day, picnicking and bathing— now the 
seashores are barred ; no picnics, no bathing. 

"We have preferred motor travel to church-going 
— now there is a shortage of motor fuel. 

"We have ignored the ringing of the church bells 
calling us to worship — now the bells cannot ring ex- 
cept to warn of invasion. 

"We have left the churches half empty when they 
should have been filled with worshipers — now they 
are in ruins. 

"We would not listen to the way of peace — now 
we are forced to listen to the way of war. 

"The money we would not give to the Lord's work 
— now is being taken from us in taxes and higher 
prices. 

"The food for which we forgot to say 'thanks' — 
now is unobtainable. 

"The service we refused to give God — now is con- 
scripted for the country. 

"Lives we refused to live under God's control — 
now are under the nation's control. 

"Nights we would not spend in 'watching unto 
prayer' — now are spent in anxious air-raid precau- 
tions." — From a Bournemouth, Eng., Newspaper. 

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TRIUMPH 

Verna Claik Smith 

Theij thought they locked Him in a tomb 
(The crowd tlmt stood and watched him die); 
They thought their scornful wagging tongues 
Could silence Truth, His love defy. 

But God reached through the cruel night 
To break the bonds of Jmte and wrong, 
And Christ arose to bring to men 
A gkcdsome day of hope and song. 

Chicago, Illinois. 



January 30, 1943 



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Laid to Rest 




MACKALL— Millard F. Mackall, son of James E. and 
Amelia (Hildebrand) Mackall, was bom in South Fork, 
Penna., June 14, 1891, and departed this life at Conemaugh, 
Penna., January 19, 1943, aged 51 years, 7 months and 5 days. 
Death was due to a heart attack. 

In the year 1907 Brother Mackall united with the Vinco 
Brethren Church under the pastorate of Rev. George H. 
Jones. 

In 1909 he was united in marriage to Essie Eager. To this 
union five children were born. One of these, Hayes, died in 
early youth. 

On November 20, 1935, Brother and Sister Mackall were 
called to the office of deacon and deaconess in the Vinco 
Brethren Church. Brother Mackall was strong for Christ and 
the Church, and was faithful in church attendance and duties. 
He was moderator of the Vinco Brethren Congregation at 
the time of the erection of the new stone church edifice, and 
took an active part on the building and finance committee. 
His funeral service was the first to be conducted from the 
new church. 

Brother Mackall is survived by his wife, and by four chil- 
dren, Glynn, wife of Esco Long, Nanty Glo; Helen, wife of 
Walter Richter, Vinco; and James I. and Jacob S., Vinco; 
and by thirteen grandchildren. The deceased is survived also 
by his parents, and two brothers. Clay of Pittsburgh, and 
Sherman of Johnstown, and by five sisters, Mrs. Herbert 
Diehl, Laporte, Indiana, Mrs. Robert Rorabaugh, Mrs. Daisy 
Rose, Mrs. Earl Miller, and Mrs. Dan Rorabaugh, Vinco, and 
also a host of relatives and friends. 

The funeral service was in charge of the writer who was 
assisted by Rev. J. L. Bowman of Hollidaysburg and Rev. 
W. S. Crick of Johnstown. Interment was in the Mundy's 
Corner Cemetery. 

Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, Pastor. 



Your heart cried with joy at the fresh view of Calvary's 
Cross when he (Moody) told of the backfiring he saw in early 
Illinois days, as men strove to escape the red ruin of prairie 
fires — "Calvary is the one safe place to abide: God's wrath 
has already burned over there!" — Bush Aglow. 



The habit of intemperance by men in office has occasioned 
more injury to the public, and more trouble to me, than all 
other causes, and were I to commence my administration 
again, the first question I would ask respecting a candidate 
for office, would be, "Does he use ardent spirits?" — Jefferson. 



A judge in a criminal court once said that in all the years 
he had been on the bench, not once had he before him for 
trial a boy who was a regular attendant in a Sabbath School. 
That is a record we may well be proud of. 



The Lord can hear cries that never pierce the human ear. 
There is no sigh so low as to escape His hearing, the faintest 
breath of an aspiration sounds like thunder in the ears of 
the King. "He inclined unto me, and heard my cry." — Jowett. 



^ With the Laymen ^ 

Prof. Allen R, Thompson, National President 
Carl E. Mohler, News Editor 



We are glad to write you a few lines to let you 
know what the Men's Brotherhood is doing in 
Goshen. 

While our attendance is not so large due to the 
fact that we have some in the Armed Forces and 
some working nights in Defense factories we still 
are carrying on and had a total of 27 at our January 
11 meeting. 

At this meeting two of our members, Ellis Det- 
weiler and President Lynn Stump furnished pan- 
cakes and homemade country sausage which was 
prepared and served by several members of the 
Brotherhood and it was greatly enjoyed by all. 

Three of our local girls, the Misses Jean Rowsey, 
Alyce Howell and Shirley Ridenour, furnished the 
men with music during the meal. 

After the meal our program chairman, Charles 
Higgins, who had secured the speaker for the eve- 
ning introduced him, the Rev. Q. J. Everest a min- 
ister in one of our local churches. Rev. Everest gave 
a very timely and interesting message on the "Power 
of Prayer," "Not discounting all the good that we 
as individuals or organizations may do," said Rev. 
Everest, "We need to take time out to enjoy quiet 
rest and to spend much time in prayer with our 
Lord. It is necessary that we ask and follow what 
the Lord would have us do." 

The writer believes that the men in our Church 
are spending much time in prayer and that we are 
growing both in numbers and in spiritual strength. 
Although our Men's Brotherhood is not so big it 
seems that they are helping the Church and taking 
more interest in it. May the Lord bless our Churches 
and all organizations working toward the good of 
them and toward the cause of our Lord and Savior 
Jesus Christ. 

Faithfully yours, 



Wilbur D. Whittle. 



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Breathe on me. Breath of God, 
Till I am wholly Thine, 
Till all this earthly part of me 
Glows with Thy fire divine. 

Mold me and make me 
After Thy will 
While I am waiting 
Yielded and still. 



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C. E. Topic for Young People 

W. St Claire Benshoff 
Topic Editor 




"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 



Topic for February 7, 1943 

"ALWAYS— FOR CHRIST AND THE CHURCH" 

Scripture Lesson Phil. 3:7-14; Ps. 84:5-12 

For The Leader 

This slogan of Christian EfTdeatfor, "For Christ And The 
Church," has been a challenge to thousands of young people 
throughout the land. It has come to be a standing pledge of 
allegiance to the Endeavorers. And never more necessary than 
in the present day. Every pastor and church worker can 
feel, and needs, the encouragement given to the Church by 
cooperating young people. Last week we learned that our 
Church and Christ must come first in our lives. This week we 
shall look into some of the things which will help us to serve 
our Church better as we live for Christ. 

QUESTIONS TO BE DISCUSSED 

1. What things of life do you suppose Paul meant he gave 
up that he might gain Christ ? 

2. Are there things today which we must give up if we 
are to live for Christ and the Church? If so, what are they? 

3. What personal advantages may we gain by being true 
to Christ in our daily living? 

4. Considering the possibility of losing friends, loved ones, 
social standing, or our means of emplojTnent and living, would 
we say that if our "Living for Christ and the Church" meant 
giving up all these things, that it would be worth the cost? 

5. Can you recall instances here or in other lands where 
someone had to sacrifice such things as position, home, loved 
ones, because they would rather "gain Christ" than the world ? 
How did these cases finally turn out? 

DISCUSSION 



THE HIGH MARK OF CHRISTIANITY. Just before our 
Philippian scripture we read where Paul was discussing the 
outward symbols of his Jewish faith. But now he evaluates 
all position, honor, achievement, as worthless, holding but 
one thing supreme. That one thing is that he might "gain 
Christ." This becomes at once the High mark of our Chris- 
tianity. 

If we miss knowing Christ, then other achievements are 
worthless. So when we talk about being 100% loyal to Christ 
and the Church we must consider also that, if necessary, it 
means the giving up of anything which stands in the way of 
that professed loyalty. Yet, in the long run, it is well worth 
it, for our Christ abides eternally, while all the things of this 
life are but for the few moments of earthly life. Let's be 
sure that we have Christ in our hearts for this is the main 
objective of our Christian life. 

THE GREAT VALUE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF 
CHRIST. "To know Christ is the supreme motive of all knowl- 
edge." If we possess the knowledge of the great universities 
and trade schools; if we can speak in seven languages; and 
we have not the knowledge of Christ, then what we have 
shall perish with us. Paul is very positive in teaching us 
this lesson of the value of knowing Christ. Though he was 
well educated and experienced, and thought he was of good 



standing, yet he knew that unless he also had the knowledge 
of Christ, that there was no hope of eternal life for him. 
When Christ becomes the object of the Christian faith for 
righteousness, then we can proudly say, "For Christ and the 
Church." 

GOD'S PURPOSE IN US. What is the aim of God in all 
that He has done for us? Maclaran gives us some valuable 
illumination on this question: "God's purpose in all that He 
has done for us is, the production in us of God-like and God 
pleasing character. For this suns rise and set; for this sea- 
sons and times come and go; for this sorrows and joys are 
experienced; for this all the discipline of life is set in motion. 
For this we were created; for this we have been redeemed. 
For this Jesus Christ lived and suffered and died. For this 
God's Spirit is poured out upon the world." 

•Thus in a few words this noted minister clearly points out 
that God's purpose in us is to make us like Himself. Surely 
then we must obtain the great objective, which is Christ. 
Then our lives are to be lived in keeping with the way He 
has given for us to live. Living such a life is well worth giving 
up the things of sin and pleasure. 

WHAT AM I LIVING FOR ? We vision any certain young 
man or woman, full of health and ambition, finishing high 
school and going on through college and specialized educa- 
tion for a profession. They build up their profession, earn a 
good income, build a fine home, marry, and rear a family. 
Later they become nationally known because of their work 
in their chosen field of work. But soon the years mount up 
and feebleness and weakness replace the ambition and vigor 
of youth. Death overtakes them in the silence of the night. 

For what did they live ? If they lived for themselves, they 
lived in vain. If they lived that they might bring the knowl- 
edge of Christ to other men and honor God, then they lived 
with the assurance of living again. Paul had but one mark 
in life. That was the prize of "God's heavenward call in 
Christ Jesus." Might it be so with us. The lure of earthly 
ambition may glitter in all its gold and promise, but if we 
are tempted to look to that alone, let's look at the kind of 
a goal it leads to. Each of us should follow a worthy occu- 
pation in life, build our homes, and provide for the retiring 
years of life. But it should not become the sole objective in 
our efforts. 

The Church needs our faithful and loyal efforts, which if 
we are true to our slogan, "For Christ and the Church," it 
will surely get. 

THE STRIKING HOUR. Brethren young people are a 
group of Christian workers of which our denomination can 
be proud. Teachers, ministers, lay workers in every Church 
should realize our possibilities. We ourselves should realize 
the opportunities and talent which we possess. Our lives and 
our talents should be dedicated to the work of the Church. 
We should encourage our elders to use us in the work of the 
Church. He should ask for work to do if we haven't been 
given a specific task. And all that we do should center in 
glorifying God, and in seeking out the lost sinners to encour- 
age them to come to Christ. 

A PROJECT 

List some specific tasks which we Christian Endeavor mem- 
bers can do for our Church in the near future, Plan to go 
to work on them now! 

— - BIBLE QUIZ ON THE TOPIC 

1. What would the Psalmist rather be than to dwell with 
the wicked? Psalms 84:11, 12. 

2. What reward was Paul assured of receiving after he 
died? II Timothy 4:7, 8. 

\ 3. For what kind of "works" shall we be rewarded in 
/heaven ? I Corinthians 3 :9-15. 

' 4. Is there any danger that we shall lose the rewards 
which we now have laid up for us? Rev. 3:11. 



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Topic for February 14, 1943 

"HOW CHRIST MEETS HUMAN NEEDS" 

Scripture Lesson: Luke 1:67-79 

For The Leader 

This is a lesson on Christian service as Christ wants it to 
be. We learn of how our Christ meets the needs of the world 
today, and of how we are to be engaged in seeing that the 
people who need this help are told of the helping Christ. We 
must cultivate a love and interest for everyone who needs 
Christ. We must be concerned about their welfare. Otherwise 
our efforts will not be very enthusiastic. If we once fully 
realize just how much sin-sick people really need the help of 
Christ, we will surely find ways whereby these people will 
know of Christ. This is Christian service for young people. 

The scripture tonight is the song of hope of Zaccharias 
at the birth of John the Baptist before the birth of Christ. 
It is a song of hope and promise which only Christ could 
fufill. Let us study it carefully. 

QUESTIONS ON THE TOPIC 

' 1. In regards to the human body and mind, does Christ to- 
day perform miracles which would compare favorably with 
those He performed while on earth. If so, tell of one or more 
experiences which you believe were directly healed by the 
hand of Christ. 

2. How can Christ meet the physical needs of the people 
today ? 

3. Could Christ have been able to meet human needs today 
if He had not gone to the Cross and given His life? 

4. What is the greatest human need today ? How does Christ 
meet this great need ? 

5. How can we best help Christ and His message to meet 
the great need of a dying humanity ? 

DISCUSSION 

CHRIST PERFORMS MIRACLES TODAY. The question 
often arises as to whether or not Christ performs miracles 
today as He did while on earth. We do know that in the days 
when there was no New Testament to testify to the Deity 
and power of «ur Lord that the people were brought to honor 
Christ through the miracles which He performed. Thus we 
do not have the need for these miracles today in that same 
sense. 

Then there are so called "special" people who claim divine 
healing powers from the Lord. "From such turn away." 

Sincere Christians will bear testimony to cases of sickness, 
both physical and mental which were healed through prayer 
and faith in Christ. Christ is known as the "Great Physician." 
Ministers in the sick room endeavor to draw the patient to a ' 
full realization that faith in Christ's help will definitely aid 
in recovery. There are miracles of healing on record today 
which are as marvelous as those of Bible days. 

Our Bible tells us in James the fifth chapter of the anoint- 
ing service. The promises there are for every believer in 
Christ. It should be called upon and used more often than 
it has been by afflicted believers. 

CHRIST MEETING THE PHYSICAL NEEDS OF THE 
PEOPLE TODAY. We do not doubt but that it is the goodness 
of the Lord that gives us the abundance of the land with 
which to feed and clothe ourselves. We certainly are cared 
for in the matter of health. Even when sick or afflicted, 
Christ cares for us. Even though we cannot understand our 
affliction we must understand His plan in our life and trust 
to His grace to bear up under the affliction. Christ certainly 



cares for the needs of our mind, for where else can we find 
the peace and assurance against war and unrest than by 
faith in Christ? Christ is known as the horn of plenty — 
which means "strength." Surely Christ is strong enough and 
sufficient enough to meet all of the physical needs of hu- 
manity today. If we trust Him He will help us. 

CHRIST MEETING THE GREATEST HUMAN NEED 
TODAY. Man's greatest need, far above the physical, is that 
of an eternal Savior. The best doctors in the world with the 
best hospital equipment cannot save that soul of a man. With- 
out Christ the whole world is lost in the darkness of sin which 
is typical of ignorance, impurity and sorrow. How much the 
world needs a Savior with a compassionate heart. Yes, we 
may sympathize with our friends in this condition but we 
cannot save them. Sin's penalty is death of the sinner or 
of an innocent sinless sacrifice. Christ is the innocent Sac- 
I'ifice for the sins of humanity. 

As the greatest need of humanity today is that of an eternal 
Savior, so Christ is the answer to that need — that is, to those 
who come to the font and receive this salvation. Christ brings 
to the human heart the peace and reconciliation which puts 
us at peace with God. This peace with God is the basis for 
all other peace and happiness in life. From darkness to light 
is the result for the penitent soul who feels His need of a 
Savior, and who puts his faith in Christ, the Son of God. We 
should be grateful to God for His Son who is able to meet 
every need of ours — physical and spiritual. 

CHRIST USING US TO HELP HIM. While Christ is able 
to meet the needs of humanity yet He does need faithful 
Christian servants who will take His heavenly message and 
proclaim it to sin-bound men and women and children. A close 
analysis of Christ's message and His doctrines will show that 
they will work and be practical for every experience and 
problem of life. Any young person who endeavors to live and 
work for Christ today will find Himself up against stiff oppo- 
sition from other young people. Yet we dare not retrench. It 
was said once of a certain man that he had an answer for 
everything. We feel the same way about our gospel message, 
so let's go to work in a prayerful way, trusting the Lord 
for results. The Word of God will help us to overcome the 
questions which might be thrown at us by the popular crowd 
outside the Church. One thing to remember is "Outside of 
Christ is outside of Eternal Life." For we know that unless 
Christ meets the personal need of a Savior for each individ- 
ual that there is no one or anything that can meet this need. 

BIBLE QUIZ ON THE TOPIC 

^ 1. If we expect Christ to meet our needs today what must 
\we do to be fair to Him? Luke 1:74, 75; 2 Chronicles 7:14. 

2. For what real reason did Christ come to earth ? Luke 
■■^19:10; John 10:10. 

3. How did Christ meet the physical needs of the people 
in His life on earth? Matt. 14:14; Matt. 14:15-21. 

4. How did Jesus meet the spiritual needs of the people in 
His life on earth? Luke 8:26-35; Luke 23:39-43. 



"What total abstainer ever amounted to anything?" asked 
the sneering wet. 

Oh, just Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Admiral Peary, 
John D. Rockefeller, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Hen- 
ry Ford, Whittier, Bryant, Barnardo, Booth, Nansen, Ber- 
nard Shaw, Wilfred Grenfell, Gandlii, Lindbergh. Of course, 
this isn't the entire list, but then this is a small paper. — 
The VoicR. 



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Oup Children's 
Department 

s 

Mrs. Uoretta Carrithers 
Superintendent 



Dear Children: 

A little boy came to his mother one day and he said, 
"Mother, do I have to wash my hands? They are dirty, but 
when I play at school they will get dirty again." 

What do you think she said ? I suppose she told him that 
even if they were dirty and would get dirty at school, he 
had better clean them up to start with. And so off he trudged 
to wash them. 

I expect to many of the small boys this seems to be a ter- 
rible nuisance, to have to wash their faces and hands all the 
time. I know some other little boys who say they "washed 
. their hands yesterday," and are very much surprised that 
that does not do for today. It seems to them that no matter 
how often they wash them, it never does any good. The next 
time they turn around somebody is coming along to tell them 
they need to wash again. They play with their toys, and the 
toys are dusty. They go out in the yard and the first place 
they make for is the nice little puddle of mud which the rain 
has made. Or perhaps they do not do anything at all, and 
the black soot just seems to blow from the air, and make 
their hands and face smutty anyway. Then off they are sent 
to wash them for what seems to them the thousandth time 
since morning. 

But after all, this is what we have to do, and it is worth 
doing. The older boys and. girls grow, the more they begin 
to have a pride in keeping their hands and faces clean, even 
if it does take a lot of trouble. And to keep them clean, they 
learn two things are necessary. 

In the first place, they must wash well. I know some boys, 
and I expect you know some too, who wash the front of their 
faces pretty well but never, by any chance, get around to their 
necks and behind their ears. They put a little sprinkle of 
water on their hands and flap their fingers through the water 
a time or two, and when they are through, the towel looks 
as if it had come down the chimney. After a while, however, 
they begin to learn better. They know that when they go 
to wash their faces and hands, they must make a good job of 
it all round. 

Then in the second place, they learn that they must do it 
often. It is just as we said a moment ago; it may be a great 
deal of trouble, but there is no help for it. As long as faces 
and hands will get dirty a dozen times a day, they must be 
washed clean that often. 

When boys and girls have learned that lesson, perhaps they 
have learned another lesson too. They have learned their 
hearts must be, kept clean, also, in the same manner. In this 
world of ours, the little specks of sin and wrong may be in 
the very air, like the soot that gets on our hands — little ugly 
thoughts, and unclean suggestions. We must make sure that 
our conscience is taking the clean waters of God and washing 
our hearts altogether from the soiling things. There is a 



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verse in one of the Psalms which is good for us to remember. 
It makes this prayer to God, "Wash me thoroughly from my 
wickedness and cleanse me from my sin." 

Then there is another verse which helps us to remember 
the other half of the truth; "Who can tell how oft he offend- 
eth? Oh, cleanse thou from my secret faults." We never 
know how many times a day there may be the need of cleans- 
ing our hearts afresh. The boy or girl, and the man or woman, 
who think that to forget their prayers one day, or to stay 
away from church this one Sunday, makes no difference have 
made a mistake. It is not well to think that some future time 
will do to cleanse ourselves in God's sight. As often as we 
can think of it is not too often, if we would be truly clean. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



I sought from Socrates, the sage, 

Whose thoughts will live through every age, 

A motto to direct my life, 

A hero make me in the strife; 

And Socrates said, "Know thyself." 

To know myself did not suffice 
To make me useful, true, and wise; 
I sought Aurelius good and great, 
Wise ruler of the Roman state; 
Aurelius said, "Control thyself." 

Nazarene, thou who didst give 
Thy life that man might fully live; 
What message didst thou leave for me. 
That I might truly follow thee — 
The Saviour said, "Deny thyself." 

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I Next Week 

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I DEDICATION 

I of the new 

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BRETHREN CHURCH 

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The world today is going through something far more 
threatening than a windstorm. Every single one of us needs 
refuge of one kind or another. I know of no better place to 
go for it than a church. The church must be a very strong 
and righteous thing, for it has survived every enemy it ever 
had. And the book which embodies the principles of the church 
—the Bible, is still at the top of the best-seller list. We are 
extremely fortunate to live in a country where we can wor- 
ship as we please when we please. Let's make the most of 
that blessing. Go to church! The greatest calamity that can 
befall a people is the loss of religion. — Eddie Cantor. 



News From Our 
Churches 



FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA 

Our Pastor tells me it is time for another report to our 
church paper. 

Our Christmas program was given the Sunday preceding 
Christmas. The children gave their part in the morning at, 
which time one little girl presented her life to the Savior. 
The choir and others gave a pageant in the evening when 
the White Gift Offering was taken. 

At the December 27th morning services a young lady ann 
her brother came to the Savior. The young man left during 
the week, going to a Naval Training Station. 

Our pastor, Rev. Cecil Johnson, was granted leave of ab- 
sence to hold a two weeks revival at Udell, Iowa, the early 
part of December. 

At our quarterly business meeting it was decided to hold 
our evangelistic meetings preceding Easter. Brother Guy C. 
Lichty and myself were elected to the Evangelistic Com- 
mittee. 



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•:< As with other congregations our attendance has dropped 

( because of several young men being in the service of our 
I country. 

Mary E. Rieger, Cor. Sec. 




MASONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 

Some three months have passed since a report from Mason- 
town was forthcoming. The last one was sent in previous to 
our regular business meeting which was held the very last 
night of September. This meeting was very well attended. 
Reports of various officers made, and officers elected for the 
coming year. The work of the year past was reviewed, in fact, 
as appreciation was given to those responsible for the various 
improvements, it seemed that inasmuch as there had been 
so many things worthy of commendation, that they would 
just sing, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow." The 
spirit was fine in every way and unity and harmony was 
uppermost in the work. It was perhaps somewhat unusual 
to close the year with all bills paid, with the exception of a 
few minor literature bills, and in the Church and in the Sun- 
day School treasuries have a balance almost reaching four 
figures. This in view of the improvements and additions of 
the year, the contributing to all Special offerings, and many 
local community interests. Our Home Coming was held the 
fore part of October, and though the rain came down most 
of the day it was a day enjoyed by numerous people, and 
pronounced a success. Rev. Belote, of the Second Brethren 
Church of UniontowTi was the speaker of the evening service. 
He was also with us in the afternoon with some of his people 
and brought greetings from Uniontown. The afternoon service 
was one of reminiscence and fellowship. Several spoke. Every 
one was given a chance to speak, and if any one desired to 
do so and did not, no one else was responsible. 

The work is going well in all auxiliaries, all are well offi- 
cered and led, which makes for efficiency. The general at- 
tendance for all services is good. This, in view of what has 
happened in the leaving of so many regulars for the service 
of the country, and locating elsewhere for work, is very en- 
couraging. The mid-week meeting continues to be well at- 
tended, perhaps the highest attendance between fifty-five and 
sixty. At the present time we are studying Exodus, having 
studied the book of Genesis before taking up this book. 

It was our privilege to speak at two home comings in the 
Church of the Brethren on the Life and history of the Founder 
of the Church, Alexander Mack. We spoke in the Fairview 
Church of the Brethren and Connelsville Church. We want to 
take the opportunity of publicly thanking Miss Oma Karn, 
writer and historian, for the present of a copy of the "His- 
tory of the German Baptist Church," by Falkenstein. This is 
a rare and valuable production by an eminent author. 

As this is being written we are now beginning our third 
year with the Masontown people. As we look back over the 
past two years we find that some things have been accom- 
plished, which may be reported by figures. To some who may 
be curious as to what a pastor does with his time, the follow- 
ing items for the past two years may give at least a small 
inkling. Sermons preached, 231; Meetings held, 2; funerals 
conducted, 26; weddings 8; baptisms, 48; new members re- 
ceived, 57; communions held, 6; conferences attended, 6; 
and Bulletins printed, 12,000. Addresses and innumerable 
things fill in the spaces between the above figures. Also in 
this time the manuscript for the Alexander Mack History, 
consisting of four hundred and fifty or more pages has been 
completed, and is now in the hands of the printer. Notice will 
follow later regarding it. All in all no wonder the time has 
seemed to have rapidly passed among the people of this com- 
munity. Here as elsewhere, the conditions under which we 



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live restricts visitation to some extent. Conservation of meth- 
ods of travel tends to limit general driving in normal visita- 
tion. 

As we write this report we are anticipating and planning 
for our coming Evangelistic campaign, to begin February 1 
and close February 14. Rev. C. A. Stewart of Bryan, Ohio, 
quite some time ago promised to be with us for this meeting. 
He has never worked in the East. The writer has known him 
for years but has never been teamed up with him. We are 
anticipating a pleasant and spiritually profitable time in this 
coming association. We covet the interests of God's people 
in the work here during the trying days to come, ere Peace 

envelopes our Country. 

Freeman Ankrum, Pastor. 



PITTSBURGH, PA. 

Founder's Widow Honored 

On April 8, 1942, a party was given at the First Brethren 
Church of Pittsburgh in honor of Mrs. Anna R. Bole. Mrs. 
Bole, who has been a member of the Pittsburgh Brethren 
church for fifty years, sold her home here and went to live 
with her son I. C. Bole of 66 East Evergreen St., Youngs- 
town, Ohio. 

Mrs. Anna R. Bole is the widow of Daniel J. Bole, the 
founder of the Pittsburgh Brethren Church. I quote from the 
history of the church: "The First Brethren Church of Pitts- 
burgh owes its existence to the leading of the Lord, and 
the efforts of Daniel J. Bole. He came to Pittsburgh April 1, 
1887, from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to accept a position 
here. A week later, upon his insistence, his brother David 
K. Bole and wife came to Pittsburgh." For a year and a 
half these Brethren worshipped with the members of other 
denominations. Daniel Bole then located a hall and organized 
a Brethren Sunday School. On January 23, 1890 the Pitts- 
burgh Brethren Church came into existence. On September 
24, 1893 Daniel Bole, by a unanimous vote of the church, 
was set apart to be ordained to the eldership. He was or- 
dained by Elders P. J. Brown, J. C. Mackey and W. L. Span- 
ogle. Elder Bole took charge of the church and remained as 
its pastor until August, 1895. He was pastor of the church 
at intervals during the years which followed. He died Novem- 
ber 5, 1907. 

His widow, Anna R. Bole, has been a faithful, loyal mem- 
ber of the church throughout the years. Always active, ener- 
getic and enthusiastic, unceasingly young in spite of the 
years, she was in her pew at practically every service of the 
church. 

Always courteous and refined, her every word and deed 
were filled with brotherly kindness and love. She often said 
to us; "I can't help as much as I would like; but I won't 
hinder." Her statement as to her determination not to hinder 
was gloriously true. Yes, "she openeth her mouth with wis- 
dom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." Mrs. Bole is 
a virtuous woman whose price is "far above rubies." She is 
the kind of woman who will do her church "good and not evil 
all the days of her life." 

The party held in her honor was a happy gathering. She 
is respected by old and young. Her many friends presented 
a beautiful Bible to her in token of their love and gratitude, 
and to express their appreciation for her many years of faith- 
ful service. The gathering was not considered a "farewell 
party." Youngstown, Ohio, is not far away. She is still vig- 
orous in health and can come back often. 

It must be nice to be remembered as pleasantly as I a 
younger minister's vdfe, remember her the wife of the found- 
er of this church. 

Mrs. Floyd Sibert. 



PHILADELPHIA, PA., MISSION 

Sunday, January 3rd, we had the largest congregation we 
have had since we opened our Mission; also the best offer- 
ing, $22.40. We also received $3.00 by mail. So far, by self- 
sacrifice, we have met all obligations and have enough coal 
and coke in the cellar for the winter. 

A word about my grandson, who is known well in our 
brotherhood because five years ago he took me from Phila- 
delphit to California in his Model A Ford, he furnishing the 
car and I paying all the expenses. We were in twenty-seven 
states and traveled 8,500 miles. He is in the medical depart- 
ment of the Army. He was given a two-weeks furlough, and 
coming home on January 4th, came over from his father's in 
Camden in his car in order that I might marry him. I mar- 
ried him at 4:00 P. M. and at 10:30 P. M. I baptized him and 
his new wife here in the Mission, and at 1:00 A. M. that 
night they took the train at North Philadelphia for Washing- 
ton State. His wife is a splendid girl, a school teacher, who 
had been a Catholic, but got convinced of protestantism from 
reading the Bible in her school. 

This same week, January 6th I preached the funeral of a 
saintly old lady, 79 years old. She lived half a square from 
the Mission. Had come to the Mission only once; took sick, 
sent for us. Milton Robinson and I visited her several times, 
and when she died the family asked us to conduct the funeral. 

I had been housed up nearly two weeks with a cold, then 
had this wedding, baptismal service and the funeral in one 
week. I am happy and feeling fine. 

Last Sunday our congregations were not quite normal 
as eight were unexpectedly called away, who usually attend 
our services. We feel that the three that have been baptized 
have more than repaid us for all the sacrifices we have made 
in opening the Apostolic Mission. 

Isaac D. Bowinan, 
3039 Germantovvn, Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 



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CONTENTS 



Interesting Items — Honor Roll 2 

Under Two Flags— Editorial— F. C. V 3 

The Cup That Runneth Over— Rev. H. A. Gossard 4 

Our Congregation in War Time — Dr. Charles A. Bame ... 6 

The Dayton, Ohio, Church Dedication 8-11 

Christian Endeavor Topic for February 21, 1943 12 

Our Children's Department 13 

"Let Me Alone" 13 

Prayer Meeting Department 14 

Forty Years Ago 15 

News From Our Churches 15 



INTERESTING ITEMS 



Publtrattnn (if faring 1943 

It has been a bit difficult to make an absolutely accurate 
report of the church offerings at this particular time, since 
individual gifts come in many times to be added to the total 
amount, so in all fairness we are only giving the names of 
the churches without adding the amount sent in. 

The No. 1 Church offering goes to: SERGEANTSVILLE, 
N. J. But, since it was sent in with post mark of January 
22nd, it is evident the offering was taken prior to the Publi- 
cation Offering date of January 24th. We make this explana- 
tion because of the following statement: 

PLACE NO. 2 (which is equivalent to No. 1 for those who 
took their offering on January 24th) must- be divided between: 
BRYAN, OHIO, DENVER, INDIANA and ASHLAND, OHIO. 

Each of these were mailed immediately after the evening 
service on January 24th. 

No. 3 Highland Church (east of Marianna, Pa.) 

Jan. 25— A. M. 

No. 4. Corinth Church (Twelve Mile, Indiana) Jan. 25— P. M. 
No. 5. Fairview (Washington C. H., Ohio) ..Jan. 26— P. M. 
No. 7. A Tie between — 

Mt. Olivet (Georgetown, Del.) Jan. 28—2:00 P. M. 

Burlington, Indiana Jan. 28—2:00 P. M. 

No. 8. Cambria, Indiana Jan. 30 — P. M. 

No. 9. Another Tie between — 

Brush Valley, Pa Feb. 1—4 :30 P. M. 

Williamstown, Ohio Feb. 1—4:30 P. M. 



INDIVIDUAL FIRSTS 

For this once we will publish the individual firsts that come 
from churches other than those reported as churches. They 
are as follows, omitting time mailed: 

No. 1. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Benshoff . . . .Johnstown, Pa., First 

No. 2. C. A. Garland Pittsburgh, Pa. 

No. 3. Mr. and Mrs. J. H Crisman Adrian, Pa. 

No. 4. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fitt Johnstown, Pa., First 

No. 5. Mrs. Agnes Lemon Portis, Kansas 

No. 6. B. H. Showalter Palestine, W. Va. 

No. 7. Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Funk Needmore, W. Va. 

No. 8. Mrs. J. E. Drach New Winsor, Md. 

No. 9. Bertha I. Drach New Winsor, Md. 

No. 10. Mrs. Edna Race Pittstown, N. J. 

No. 11. Mrs. Emma Newcomer Hagerstown, Md. 

This is the last of personal names we will publish until the 
offering is reported from the business office. However for the 
next issue we will continue the list of Church Offerings re- 
ceived. 

We appreciate the interest taken in this matter. Please get 
your offerings in as soon as possible in order that the full list 
of the offerings may be published in an early issue of The 
Evangelist. 




EDITORIALS 



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There is something about the ceremony of raising 
the banner of our country that at once makes us 
invohmtarily rise to our feet and bring our hands to 
salute. It is a ceremony attended with much serious- 
ness and particular attention is given that the flag 
never touch the gi'ound. 

And why is this? It is because the banner of our 
country stands for something. When it is raised 
above a fortification or flown at the head of a column, 
men willingly give their lives rather than see it 
hauled down or trampled in the dust. And this is not 
because there is a certain deification of that flag, but 
because it symbolizes all that our country stands for; 
all of the ideals and purposes and opportunities and 
obligations. 

But even so, it is but transient. For no country 
can hope to endure through the ages and on through 
eternity. For countries and human governments, 
sound and stable though they may be, are material 
and therefore subject to decay. Men come and men 
go ; political regimes rise and fall ; boundary lines are 
marked and disappear with the ravages of time. 

But while our country does exist, the banner flies 
over it, carrying with it all the implications that 
cause men to die for it. 

The Banner of the Cross 

But we must remember: 

"There's a royal banner given for display 
To the soldiers of the King; 



As an ensign fair we lift it up today. 
While as ransomed ones we sing. 
Marching on, on, on — 
For Christ count everything but loss. 
And to crown Him King ; toil and sing 
'Neath the banner of the cross." 

This "Banner of the Cross" is the only one that is 
considered worthy to fly above the flag of our nation. 
It is the only banner that carries a demand for a 
higher allegiance than that of "Old Glory." It is 
worthy of the deepest reverence in the soul of man. 

Today there is a greater necessity for the "army 
of King Emmanuel" to follow close to the colors than 
ever before. Probably the time has never been when 
so many eyes have been turned on the life and ideals 
of the Christian Church as now. 

Especially is this true when we think of the respon- 
sibility of the church in the closing days of the pres- 
ent world conflict and the days of reconstruction 
which must follow. 

The obligation that lies before the church today, 
however, is no greater than that which has been 
upon its shoulders ever since the church was insti- 
tuted. The same Gospel story is to be both told and 
lived. There is no change in the emphasis nor in the 
character of the message. No one should expect more 
or less from the followers of the Lord. But surely 
the world has a right to expect something diff'erent 
from that for which the world stands, from those 
who enroll under the "Banner of the Cross." 

K'ce'p It Flying 

The slogan "Keep 'Em Flying" has become a sort 
of a "touch stone" for all American people. We all 
know what it means, and, as Christians, we should 
apply the same slogan to our banner and keep the 
"Banner of the Cross" high above our heads. 

In the eagerness of men to reach the ultimate in 
production of the material needs of our country, we 
should not forget that it is as vitally essential that 
we keep at high tide the production of spiritual life, 
in order to make the material worthy of our efl'ort. 
For a material victory and peace will mean little or 
nothing if shorn of its spiritual import. 

So, while we willingly doff our hats to the flag of 
our nation, we bow the heart in the presence of the 
gracious "Banner of the Cross." It is possible to serve 
fervently under these two flags, for both are essen- 
tial. F. C. V. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




The Cup 
That 

Runneth 
Over 



Rev. H. A. Gossard 



The verb "runneth," in the quotation containing 
the subject, was not chosen at random: it is a word 
denoting continuous action. That which caused the 
overflow was, like the "widow's meal and oil," being 
supplied from an endless source. No wonder David 
exclaimed exultantly, "My Cup Runneth Over !" The 
cup, in this case, was David's soul — the Lord had 
restored (filled) it. David's cup (soul) had oft run 
over with sin, but now it must have been emptied, 
since sin and righteousness cannot dwell in the same 
cup (soul). 

To say anything about something one must, of 
course, begin. And this is best accomplished by a 
simple and irrefutable statement : Nothing runs over 
that is not full. Vessels that leak are difficult to fill, 
and, like vessels that run over without restraint and 
to no particular benefit, they entail waste. 

David, with other equally significant statements 
in the twenty-third Psalm, said "My CUP runneth 
over!" This is spiritual language with figurative im- 
port and is indicative of an overflowing soul, exultant 
with joy because of divine, though unmerited favor. 
For he, like us, though meaning to please the Lord, 
oft found himself doing that which required deep 
repentance, and, for this humbleness of spirit, he 
is termed in scripture, "a man after God's own 
heart." Is it not safe to conclude from this, that 
though we sin, God's favor is won through repent- 
ance? Let us not fail to note that David's mi-p (soul) 
ran over after the Lord Iiad restored his soul. 

There are different kinds of cups ; and, as we con- 
sider the value of their content, we shall name a few 
of them : 

The Cup of Selfishness — it seldom, if ever, runs 
over. But it leaks, and even its possessor may drink 
of it and want. 

The Cup of Love — it is always full, and its over- 
flow is seldom, if ever, wasted. It may often flow 
unnoticed, but it will find its level and form an oasis 
where thirsty travelers may drink and be refreshed. 

The Cup of Hate — ah ! it too fills to the brim and 



runs over. But unlike love, its torrent destroys the 
good and leaves naught but waste, horror, remorse 
and often death in its wake. And its flow creates a 
strange thirst that it cannot assuage. 

There are other cups from which humanity might 
profitably drink were it to maintain and perpetuate 
examples lived by Him who drank of them; who by 
abnegation and submission to the will of God became 
the world's Redeemer. No soul can overflow until 
through submission it allows God to fill it. 

The Cup of Service — There are sjaioptic record- 
ings of two brothers who had formed a great attach- 
ment for the Savior. These boys (urged by a mother 
deeply concerned for their welfare, for which she 
deserves credit) wanted to do something and be 
somebody; so they tried to arrange with Christ to 
sit with him on his throne. They even thought and 
said they could qualify for the position, and they 
doubtless could and did; but the Teacher told them 
plainly that the qualifications, besides being almost 
submerged with suffering to be borne without com- 
plaint, included the drinking of a very bitter cup, an 
humbleness of service not common among men, but 
which constitutes the only course to true greatness. 
Results from such service have never failed to prove 
the soundness of Christ's position regarding great- 
ness. And in it is found the cup whose contents is 
mingled with self-sacrifice. It is important to know 
that Christ drank deeply of that cup. The cups of 
love and earthly ease were withheld from him. He 
drained the dregs of the world's cup of hate, then 
filled it with heavenly blessings, the virtue of which 
is often misconceived and wrongly interpreted be- 
cause, to be applied, they require S-ervice mingled 
with Sacrifice. The reluctance of the religious world 
to accept this cup and imbibe its contents is due to 
knowing that deep within it are things most folk 
would rather shun — Responsibility, S'ervice, Sam- 
fice. This laxity and partial refusal is proportionately 
evident in world conditions today. Nor is the pro- 
portionate evidence of that refusal of entirely recent 



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origin. (Space will not permit explanation of that 
statement.) 

The seeds of hatred instead of the seeds of love and 
Christian fellowship have been sown along the path 
of centuries with lavish hands and attended care- 
fully until their germination has nigh cropped the 
earth ; and the evidence of true love of man to man 
and an all-absorbing reverence for God has all but 
vanished. 

We have come to consider ourselves so self-suffi- 
cient that the mere mention of true fellowship with 
men and an all-inclusive dependence upon God cre- 
ates almost spiritual nausea. I recall the time when 
I was a lad of being compelled to take hori'ible-tast- 
ing medicine. I told my father that even looking at 
it made me sick. To which he replied, '"Well, then, 
my boy, close your eyes and swallow it." I did, and 
got well. 

There is but one cure for the world's ills — would 
that it were not too late to consider the remedy. But 
we are sick. The world is desperately sick, and must 
therefore resort to the cure. Nations and individuals 
have rejected the remedy and instead have drunk the 
cups of selfishness and power; and now, all the blood 
shed as a result cannot effect a cure. The cup of 
humility, mingled with love, service and sacrifice, 
must be drunk until hearts melt and overflow. Then, 
and then only, will human peace return to the world 
and abide until the Lord descends from heaven and 
rules with the scepter of his countenance. 



Hate can turn the world into a hell — and it even 
now displays many of its descriptive characteristics. 
Love can turn the world into a heaven like that which 
emanates from the cup that runs over with Humil- 
ity, Service and Sacrifice. 

Taking a square look at the world in the present, 
and a bit of a glimpse at its past, don't you believe 
it would be a better world had we been a bit more 
forgiving and loving; a bit more willing to suffer 
reproach and to sacrifice than to contend — oft know- 
ing we were wrong or, even when we thought we 
were right, when much was to be gained and nothing 
good was to be lost? 

The lack of Humility, the over-abundance of Self- 
will and selfishness, are the primary and ultimate 
causes of strife among nations and individuals — and 
in religious organizations and fraternities — if you 
please. 

These are the things that close the exultant heart ; 
that set the jaw ; that clinch the maddening fist ; that 
put swords in men's hands to thwart their righteous 
advance and thus wound the heart of God. Read I 
Corinthians 13:8 and H Corinthians 11:7. 

God of great mercy, teach us Love once more; 
Lest, judging, Thou in it should find us poor. 
Make Love leap forth as with an ocean's roar ; 
Make Hatred cease; then we shall Thee adore. 

— Lanark, Illinois. 



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OUR COKGREGAriOK I7S[ WAR TIME Dr. Charks a. Bame 



One of the fine features of the church is its adap- 
tability. While it is characterized as "the pillar and 
ground of the truth" and though we believe truth 
to be inflexible and basic when the foundation has 
been reached, yet the church must adjust itself to all 
conditions and grades of intellect and environment. 
To disregard that great fact would be to miss widely 
the truth; probably entirely to misjudge it in its 
many adaptabilities. Many adjustments possible are 
yet necessary to make it conform to the pattern of 
its Divine Designer. The patience of a holy God 
must be tried to the limit as men consistently fail 
to vivify its spiritual possibilities. 

One of these may well be the present proper war- 
time adjustment. Are we who have been entirely op- 
posed to war because of its wastefulness and cruelty, 
after all, doing the church's part to ameliorate hu- 
man suffering? and are we now preparing to make 
a righteous impact on the Peace Conference when the 
time arrives ? These and many other questions press 
for the proper answer and solution. 

In a recent issue of the Christian Advocate an in- 
terview is reported with Secretary of Agriculture 
Claude E. Wickard. Himself an active churchman 
since his youth, he sees things he believes the church 
must do now, and other things for which we must 
prepare in time of war. This interview is so inter- 
esting and full of valuable suggestions that I wish to 
pass a portion of it on to my friends and brethren. 
These things impressed me much, and I hope they 
will many others. 

1. He says the church "must see to it that it is 
free from domination on the part of the Govern- 
ment." Of course one who is informed as to what 
has happened in most of the churches of Europe, 
both in the oppressor countries and also the subju- 
gated ones, knows what has happened to the churches 
there — all are ordered by the heartless dictators and 
many preachers are imprisoned and have died for a 
Cause that to them was dearer than life. Their 
churches were dominated by cruel Autocrats ; the 
Bible displaced by human edicts. That this had hap- 
pened on a large scale before the war, should make 
us all pause, and cause us to take heed lest some 
measure of it come to us also. Warning coming from 
a Cabinet officer should greatly concern us. I won- 
der if we may be sleeping when it is time for us to 



be awake? Need we, even we, an apostle to cry to us, 
"Awake thou that sleepeth, arise from the dead?" 
Shall we not become informed as to what may be 
happening whereof we could be wise and are not? 

2. He says, "It (the church) must take the lead 
in all community enterprises to maintain morale." 
Surely we realize that here, too, is an opportunity 
to ourselves to be strong, for an invaluable service 
to all our constituencies. It is a challenge to keep 
brave and courageous — both ourselves and our young 
men marching off to war, regardless of whose they 
are or whether they be churchmen or not. Regardless 
of their training or family, they are going — not many 
of them to C. 0. Camps. Right or wrong, this cir- 
cuit around from the fight in times like this is not 
popular and is being disregarded by many who do 
not desire to war more than their nation that must 
act as godfather to most nations for the time. As 
time speeds on, the necessity to put away Paganism, 
Barbarism, Gangsterism and atrocities — killing hos- 
tages guiltless of crime, befouling the persons of 
women beyond anything of its kind for centuries — 
is so compelling that many peaceful youth would 
rather die in an attempt to forever achieve its destruc- 
tion than to live with a conscience accusing them for 
life, that they had failed in loyalty and heroism. They 
will go, disregarding lesser evils, since the Govern- 
ment calls. Our duty is to awaken every bit of cour- 
age possible since their going is compulsory, and to 
assure them of our determination to succor them in 
every way possible as the followers of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. It seems incumbent on all who expect to en- 
joy the fruits of their heroism to pray for them and 
assure them that "they that lose their lives shall find 
them." 

3. He asks us, "to keep religion at the center of 
life." Both for us and the soldiers, here is a pertinent 
order. Never are hearts so mellowed as when facing 
death; so the soldier is a praying man. So also have 
been all of our war Presidents : Washington, Lincoln, 
Wilson,- Roosevelt. Lincoln, most maligned of them 
all, was doubtless most devout. Now Secretary Wick- 
ard is saying: "Keep religion at the center." Mother, 
father, brother, sister, sweetheart — all. Remember 
that in letters ; demonstrate it when they are on fur- 
lough; impress it by going to church and, in the 
home, talk it and live it. It is a bulwark and fortress 



February 6, 1943 



as it has always been. Wickard says so ; Christ com- 
mends it always. 

Let me offer a simple and beautiful illustration. 
A young man just past his eighteenth birthday is to 
be drafted and instead, chooses to enlist that he may 
choose a position most to his liking. He is in a revival 
meeting the evening before he is to leave for camp, 
early the next morning. The altar call is given and he 
presents himself before it. The evangelist knows 
that he is already devout and consecrated because of 
the part he has taken in the meeting. He senses the 
purposes of his coming and inquiries. Yes, it is to 
give himself specially for service in the camps and 
army. "Do you thus present yourself," the evangelist 
asks ? "I do," he replies. On their knees they both go 
and prayer for protection, power and leadership is 
offered and who would not believe that he arose with 
new assurance of all he sought or that he was more 
heroic as he went forward "under the shadow of the 
Almighty," remembering the One who went to the 
cross as a youth for his belief that there was no 
other way to save the world and serve the Lord God 
of Heaven. 

It was a small service but we feel assured that 
nothing but good can come from it. Doubtless many 
doors will open strangely, unexpectedly and usefully 
to such a youth and he will be stronger to face un- 
expected temptations and discouragements, and with 
new appropriations of power from on high, prove 
that he will with new determination face any ordeal 
the galling work of war may demand of him — even 
death. 

Let our congregations be serious and eager in all 
they can do for our country and our youth in times 
like this, remembering that God alone holds the key 
of the future and we reach Him through devotion, 
prayer and fidelity to Him and faith in His promises. 
We need not fear the outcome but we do need to 
work and pray for it. 

Carey, Ohio. 



Paul, being dead, yet preacheth, and they ivere 
sermons from his sepulchre which converted Luther, 
and Zingle, and most of our modern .evangelists. 
And Luther is dead, but the Reformation lives. Cal- 
vin is dead, but his vindication of God's free and sov- 
ereign grace will never die. Knox, Melville and Hen- 
derson are dead, but Scotland still retains a Sab- 
bath, and a Christian peasantry, and a Bible in every 
house, and a school in every parish. Bunyan is dead, 
but his bright spirit still walks the earth in his 
"Pilgrim's Progress." Baxter is dead, but souls are 
still quichened by the "Saints' Rest," and the "Call 
to the Unconverted." Cowper is dead, but the "golden 
apples are still as fresh as when newly gathered in 
the "silver basket of the Olney Hymns." — Selected. 



PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT I 

Ready Soon | 

Alexander Mac}{, The Tun}{er and \ 
descendants \ 

The book which is the result of over eight- 
een years of research is now in the process of 
printing. Over three thousand descendants 
have been listed in this combined Genealogical 
and Historical work of the churches which 
look back to Alexander Mack, the founder. 
The time covered is from 1679 to 1943. Rare 
photographs, such as the granddaughter of 
Alexander Mack, Jr. ; a birth certificate given 
in 1821 ; the family record page from the 
Bible of Alexander Mack, Jr.'s grandson, and 
numerous others which have never been 
printed, are contained in this production. 

This work has been endorsed by numerous 
Tunker historians and authors, including the 
late Governor of a prominent state. 

There is nothing like this unique production 
in all the Libraries of the Brethren Churches. 
The book will be considerably over 400 pages, 
with eighty or more photographs. Much of the 
material in the book has never been in print 
before. The author, who has been steeped in 
the lore of the Alexander Mack family, and 
is a descendant is Rev. Freeman Ankrum, 
Pastor of the Masontown, Pennsylvania, 
Brethren Church. 

Watch the Brethren Evangelist for addi- 
tional information relative to this Book. 



We talk democracy, but who gave us the pattern 
of our democracy? The answer is Cromwell and his 
Ironsides, and what was his method. Listen to Ma- 
caulay and recall as you read that Cromwell had to 
fight a trained Royal Army with raw recruits : To 
quote : 

"That which chiefly distinguished the amiy of 
Cromwell from other armies was the austere mor- 
ality and the fear of God which pervades all ranks. 
It is acknowledged by the most zealous royalists that 
in that singular camp no oath was heard, no drunk- 
enness or gambling was seen, and that during that 
long domination of the soldiery the property of the 
peaceable citizen and the honor of woman was held 
sacred ... In war this strange force was irresistible 
. . . His troops moved to victory with the precision of 
machines." — Elizabeth Tilton, in N. Y. Herald- 
Tribune. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




The Dayton, Ohio 
Dedication 




The Pastor 



Rev. J. Ray 
Klinffensmith 



Reports 
The Event 



Rev. Vernon D. Grisso 

The long: anticipated and prayed-for day of the 
Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio, was realized as a 
reality on January 17th, when we dedicated and gave 
to the Lord our new Church. The high exaltation 
and response of the gathering throughout 
the day indicated the presence of the Lord 
in all the efforts. The congregation, friends 
and community responded beautifully to 
the program with both tears and laughter. 

The program highlighted such eminent 
Christian personalities and leaders as Dr. 
Martin Shively, founder of this church; 
Dr. J. RajTiiond Schutz, one of our denom- 
ination's outstanding lecturers; J. Ray 
Klingensmith, Secretary of our Mission 
Board ; Dean W. E. Ronk of the Ashland 
Theological Seminary and College; Dr. 
Charles A. Bame, pastor of the Dayton 
Church during the building of the old 
church; Rev. Kemper G. McComb, Secre- 
tary of the Federation of Churches of Day- 
ton ; Rev. J. Perry Prather, Pastor of the 
First Church of the Brethren of Dayton ; 
George F. Kem, who gave the history of 
the church, and the presence of all the 
pastors of the Miami Valley Churches. 
Many friends of the church lamented the inability of 
Dr. and Mrs. W. S. Bell to be with us. They gave 
much to this church in days when leadership was 
needed most. 



necessity of prolonged high pressure meth- 
ods. Two Sunday School classes pledged 
$9,000.00, (one $6,000.00 and another 
$3,000.00) which was an excellent start 
for our goal for the new year. We rejoice 
in the willingness of a people to contribute 
like this when we I'ealize that the same 
group raised over $20,000.00 last year for 
the building fund alone. 
The most notable and most commonly heard re- 
mark of the day concerning the building was, "It is 
beautiful in its simplicity." This was always true 
of the colonial design — it is almost puritanical in 





Dr. C. A. Bame 



At the two services of the day 
over $12,000.00 was raised to be 
paid on the indebtedness for the 
coming year. We have every hope 
and all faith of clearing all indebt- 
edness within two years. Rev. 
Klingensmith lifted the offerings at 
both services with ease and dignity. 
It is wonderful to see people give 
freely from the heart without the 



The Sanctuary — looking toivard the Clmncel 
plainness. And such should be our buildings. 

Roughly speaking, our building, equipment and lot 
can be figured at a total cost of over $50,000.00. In 
this we realize materially a fine large lot in one of 
the best sections of the city of Dayton. We are located 
at a prominent intersection at North Main Street at 
Hillcrest. On approaching the church from down 
town Dayton, driving north on Main Street, one sees 
our lighted tower as though it were towering in the 
middle of the street, and this for over a mile before 
you come to the church. 

The building is of yellow brick, with white stone 
and frame trim. We have a sanctuary, including the 



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balcony, which will seat 400 people. The sanctuary is furnished with two- 
toned pews and appointments, the floor being covered with carpet, with 
inlaid linoleum under the pews. At the chancel is a pulpit, a lecturn, two 
pulpit chairs, an altar table, choir loft, a Hammond organ and a grand 
piano. 

In the basement there is a large "Fellowship Room," commodious for 
business meetings, banquets and communions. The large stage in the room 
makes this room also an excellent place for entertainments. The remainder 
of the basement includes a splendid kitchen and three or four Sunday 
School rooms. 

We have adjoining our church building a large Social Room that has 
been in use now for over a year, since it was already located on our lot 
before the building was started. 

The church has been almost luxuriously furnished by individual gifts 
of friends. These kind people have done exceptionally well in furnishing 
and equipping the pastor's study with every detail and appointment, se- 
lected with the greatest care and fine choice. Only a preacher can appreciate 

this fully, who has been without a place of his own for study for a few 

years. 

The Architect was one of our own brethren, W. Ray Yount, who, in ->„_____„ 

making this great contribution, has indirectly built a monument to his Jilli l l l lliliF «k 1 

own splendid ability as well. 




Dr. Martin Shively 
Morning Speaker 




Dr. J. Raymond Schutz 
Afternoon Speaker 



Historical S\etch 

The Brethren Church of Dayton was organized Thursday, April 20, 
1882 in the rear room of the old German Baptist Church on the southeast 
corner of Jackson and Van Buren streets. Elder J. W. Beer of Washington 
C. H., Rev. J. A. Ridenour of Ellerton and Rev Henry Duncan of Zimmer- 
man officiated. 

Rev. Samuel Kiehl was selected as first pastor; Dr. E. C. Elson, as 
deacon and J. W. Beer as elder, and there were but twelve charter members. 
From this time on until June 7, 1887, this little band found pleasure in 
worshipping in this church, but the German Baptists claimed property 
rights here and an unfavorable decision of the court compelled them to 
relinquish their supposed rights and find other quarters. After this they 
moved from place to place, sometimes holding services in rented churches 

and sometimes in vacant store rooms or rented halls. 

From 1892 to 1899 services were held in a frame church on Clemmer 
street. 

In 1899 (with a membership of thirty-one) the church property on 
Conover street was purchased. The growth of the church was slow, but 
steady. On August 9, 1908 forty-two members united by relation. The occa- 
sion of the receiving of these new members was the beginning of larger 
things for the church. The Bell revival, the Beachler meetings, and the 
tent meeting created a demand for a new church building more centrally 
located. On January 21, 1911, the church became incorporated at Columbus, 
Ohio, and the plans were laid for the purchase of a lot and the building of 
a new church. 

On May 12, 1912 the building at the corner of West Third street and 
Grosvenor avenue was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies. While the 
inspiration for the building of a new structure came through the Bell re- 
vival, the inauguration and completion of the building program took place 
under the ministry and leadership of Dr. Chas. A. Bame. 

It is interesting to note that three of the surviving members of the 

building committee who supervised the construction of the West Third 

Dean W. E. Rank Street Church have either been active or advisory members of the building 




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committee of the church edifice we dedicate today; 
viz: Perry Bowman, G. W. Brumbaugh, M. J. 
Beeghley. 

The selection of our present site and the inspira- 
tion that resulted in the construction of this church 
edifice again largely resulted from the work of Dr. 
W. S. Bell, he having given the first dollar as he did 
for the West Third Street Church. Wliile the con- 
struction was planned and completed under the ad- 
ministration of our present pastor, Rev. Vernon 
Grisso, the acquisition of the site about April 1, 1941, 
took place during the third pastorate of Dr. Bell 
in this city. Our membership is composed largely of 
those who were instrumental in building the West 
Third Street Church. 

This structure that we dedicate today is of early 
Colonial design, modeled after the famous "Patrick 
Henry Church" of Richmond. Va. While modified 
somewhat, the general design is very much the same ; 
the tower, the chancel, the pulpit, etc. are practically 
duplicated. 

The comparative location where this patriotic lead- 
er stood when making his speech is marked by a 
"Dias", third seat from front on left side, and a 
cabinet containing the plans provided by U. S. Gov- 
ernment and other data has been placed in the front 
vestibule. 

May the spirit that actuated this great statesman 
in the making of his famous speech ever be present 
religiously in the membership of this church. 

May its "lighted tower" ever be a fitting symbol to 
all who look on it, of what a church such as this 
should be to a community, i. e., a "beacon light" in 
the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

0—0 



The Dedicatory Service 
3:00 o'cloch 



PROGRAM OF THE DAT 

The Morning Service 
10:00 o'clock 



Prelude — J'y Pense Mary Loxley — Helnmnd 

Processional — Church's One Foundation Choir 

Invocation 

Hymn — Come Thou Almighty King No. 23 

Scripture 
Pastoral Prayer 

Anthem — Oh, Give Thanks Win. Baines 

The Sermon Dr. Martin L. Shively 

Hymn — For the Beauty of the Earth No. 75 

Offering Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

The Offertory — Berceuse A. Il-jinsk:/ 

Consecration of Tithes and Offerings 

Benediction 

Choir Dismissal 



PRELUDE — A Shepherd's Evening Prayer. .. .Mary Loxley 
PROCESSIONAL— The Church's One Foundation .... Choir 

HYMN — How Firm a Foundation Congregation 

SCRIPTURE Dr. Charles A. Bame 

PRAYER 

GREETINGS: Ashland College and Seminary 

Dean W. E. Ronk 

Church Federation of Dayton . . Rev. Kemper J. McComb 

ANTHEM— The King of Love My Shepherd Is Shelley 

THE DEDICATORY ADDRESS. . . .Dr. J. Raymond Schutz 

HISTORICAL DATA OF THIS CHURCH George Kem 

OFFERING Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

OFFERTORY— A Song N. Dett 

THE DEDICATION OF THIS CHURCH 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 



MOVING SPIRITS m THE 
EARLT PLANS 

Dr. William Spencer Bell 

Dr. William Spencer Bell has been three times 
pastor of the Dayton Church. Under his leadership 
the plans for the new edifice were conceived. The 
Dayton Church expresses gratitude to both Dr. and 
Mrs. Bell for their invaluable assistance in making 
the church possible. 

George F. Kem 

Brother Kem, who is known throughout the Breth- 
ren Church, has been a leader for many years in 
both church and civic work. The reorganization of 
the Brethren Church in Dayton is largely the result 
of his untiring efforts and unselfish devotion to the 
church. 

W. Ray Yount 

The Dayton Church was exceedingly fortunate in 
having Brother Young as an architect among its 
membership. Too much credit cannot be given to him 
for the services rendered. The details of the building 
were placed completely within his good judgment. 
He has builded well a building that is flawless in fol- 
lowing the early Colonial design. 



THE BUILDING COMMITTEE 

The following were members of the Building Com- 
mittee : W. Ray Yount, M. J. Beeghley, Fred Eccard, 
Vernon D. Grisso, G. W. Brumbaugh — advisory, 
Peri-y Bowman — advisory. 



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THE NEW BRETHREN CHURCH IN DAYTON 

Dr. Martin Shively 

When thirty-nme years ago, the writer became 
pastor of the Dayton Brethren Church, he found a 
fine group of men and women, numbering round 
one hundred persons, worshipping in a small church 
located on Conover St., on what we commonly called 
the west side. Among the group I found there, was 
Eld. Samuel Kiehl, who, humanly speaking, was the 
father of the church in Dayton. It had been my privi- 
lege to break "The Bread of Life" to them some 
years before, when the little band worshipped in 
rented quarters, in the eastern part of the city. 
Among them were George Kunkleman and his wife, 
Rachael; Julius Kimmel and his wife, Cleo, and his 
uncle and family, Geo. Kimmel. These with a few 
others constituted the early First Brethren Church 
of Dayton. Brother Kiehl had been a mail carrier 
in the city, and later became a convassing repre- 
sentative of the Miami Valley hospital, serving the 
group as pastor and elder, and continuing his asso- 
ciation with them until at an advanced age, he was 
called from labor to a glorious reward. I had the 
honor of being requested to conduct his funeral 
service, but found it impossible to get away from my 
work at Ashland. At the dedication service of the 
new and splendid church, Jan. 17, I said that this 
church, and the cause of Brethrenism in Dayton, 
stands as a monument to Brother Kiehl. 

Perhaps because of my early connection with the 
congregation, I had been requested to bring the 
morning message on the day of dedication, which 
I was happy to be able to do. It had been my privi- 
lege to worship with them in the rented quarters in 
the heart of the city, several times, which always 
brought joy to me, as I looked into the faces of men 
and women with whom I had worshipped in days 
of long ago, and among whom were not a few whom 
I had welcomed into the congregation, after having 
administered the rite of baptism to them. But this 
time as I came into their midst my heart was full of 
joy, as was theirs, because we met now in the beau- 
tiful house of worship, which stands as a monument 
to their unflinching loyalty to the church, and The 
Word of God. As I came inside of the building I 
could not suppress an "ah," as I beheld one of the 
most beautiful auditoriums it has ever been my 
privilege to see. To me it seemed most magnificent, 
not because of splendor of its appointments, but 
rather because of the beauty of its simplicity. The 
architect, Brother Ray Yount, had certainly planned 
a structure almost marvelous in simplicity and 
beauty. The very atmosphere is charged with the 
spirit of worship. The furnishings thi'oughout are in 
perfect keeping with the general plan involved in 
the structure, and I am sure that none who enter it 
will feel that I have overdrawn the mental picture 



which I have tried to draw of this beautiful house 
of worship. 

The spirit of solidarity and cooperation which has 
called into being this splendid house of worship was 
beautifully shown at the point in the dedication ex- 
ercises at which those present were given an oppor- 
tunity to make their contributions toward the liqui- 
dation of obligations unsatisfied. Pledges and cash 
in an amount exceeding $12,000.00 were freely 
given, the whole amount having been started off 
with a pledge of $6,000.00 by one of the Sunday 
school classes, the one taught by Brother Kem. An- 
other class made a pledge of $3,000.00, the sum of 
these making a fine beginning toward the complete 
liquidation of all indebtedness. At such a time as this 
in the condition of the world, it seemed like an im- 
possible undertaking to build such a church, but in 
every step it has been evident that God has been 
standing with His people, and I bespeak a splendid 
future for this Brethren church, splendidly built, 
wisely located, and faithfully served. I esteem it as 
an honor to have had any part in the exercises of 
the great day, and if the Lord tarries, I shall be ex- 
pecting great things in and for the Brethren in the 
great city of Dayton. 

— -Ashland, Ohio. 



THE DAYTON CHURCH 

A Personal Appreciation 

Dean W. E. Ronk 

January the Seventeenth was a great day in the 
History of the Dayton Brethren Church, and a day 
long to be remembei'ed by those who were present 
for the dedication of the new building located at 
North Main and Hillcrest. The entire Brotherhood 
is sufficiently familiar with the difficulties which 
have confronted this group of loyal people, that it 
is not necessary that they be repeated here. Suffice 
it to say, that this day marked the climax to the 
struggle in a great victoiy manifest in the dedi- 
cation of this new building. This is a great victory 
of faith for it marks the completion of a work so 
great that it seemed impossible to many a little more 
than a year ago. 

This victory was achieved because of the faith 
and eff'ort of the entire Church working together in 
harmony, but special mention should be made of 
those who have helped to inspire that faith. The reor- 
ganization of the Brethren Church in Dayton is 
largely the result of the untiring efforts and unsel- 
fish devotion of Brother George Kem. It was under 
the leadership of Dr. W. S. Bell that the new edifice 
was conceived. The entire Brotherhood as well as the 
Dayton Brethren will always owe a great debt to 
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C. E. Topic for Young People 

W. St Claire Benshoff 

Topic Editor 



"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 



Topic for February 21, 1943 

"HOW CHRIST BUILDS A WORLD OF BROTHERHOOD" 

Scripture Lesson: Luke 24:36-49 

For Tlie Leader 

In the midst of war we are all very much concerned about 
the outcome. But more than that we seem to be greatly con- 
cerned about what the world will be like following the war. 
We further wonder what place Christ and the Church will 
have, both at home and in the so called enemy countries. 
During the few years, between World War I and World War 
II, we saw many men and women who were confident that 
a world brotherhood was just around the corner. Now some- 
thing has happened to them. 

While we can see the fallacy of a man made "world broth- 
erhood" we may indulge deeply in the confidence of the world 
brotherhood in Christ which is composed of all Christians, 
regardless of race, or color. It is this Christian world brother- 
hood which attracts our attention tonight. We want to learn 
how Christ has made this world-wide Christian fellowship 
possible, and what we can do to enable others to join this 
brotherhood. 

QUESTIONS TO BE DISCUSSED 

1. Discuss some problems which "post-war planners" are 
facing in regards to their ideas of permanent peace. 

2. What is wrong with the theory that "God is the Father 
of every man, and that all men (regenerate or unregenerate) 
are brethren?" 

3. According to your belief in the scripture, when will the 
"brotherhood of man" as it is now commonly interpreted, 
actually come to pass ? 

4. Where will our Christ be when the brotherhood of man 
actually comes to pass ? 

5. What is the precise business of the Christian to be until 
that time? 

DISCUSSION 

THE REAL WORLD BROTHERHOOD. If there is to be 
a world brotherhood as is the popular hope today, certain 
things must be included. First, there must be a complete 
equality of every man. A Negro, Japanese, German, English- 
man, American must be on equal rights. Second, fear must 
be removed. This will mean the absolute abolishment of every 
warship, bomber, tank and gun. Third, there must be equal 
distribution of food to every man, woman and child. This 
will necessitate the end of monopolies, etc., designed to keep 
up the price of food in order to give good profits to the food 
distributors. Fourth, each man must work the same number 
of hours for the same pay. Fifth, every man must be allowed 
to do just what he pleases with his spare time and extra 
money. This is a herculean task for any man, even one with 
an inflated ego. 

So, it looks as if our popular world brotherhood is a long 
way from being realized, primarily because the natural man 



of the world is controlled by two motives, namely lust and 
greed. 

Where then is the real brotherhood? It is a distinct and 
separate brotherhood — separate and apart from the world — 
namely the brotherhood of Christians. Matthew 23:8 gives us 
the power behind our words for it says, "One is your Master, 
even Christ: and all ye are brethren." We conclude then that 
this real brotherhood is composed of those of the human 
race who have Christ as their Master and Lord. In every land, 
wherever there lives a man who has learned of Christ and 
has accepted Him as Lord, there is a brother of ours. It is the 
visible Church which we have today. The great hymn writer 
expresses this brotherhood in these words, "lElect from every 
nation, yet one o'er all the earth." 

Let us make certain that we know that the Christian prin- 
ciples are the only foundation which brings about the equality 
of individuals. We should be greatly concerned that those who 
are not a part of this eternal brotherhood are given an op- 
portunity to accept Christ, through our testimony. 

THE WORK OF THE CHURCH. In our scripture lesson 
we read "that repentance and remission of sins should be 
preached in His name — everywhere." Christ builds His great 
and eternal brotherhood through the addition of those who 
believe in His power to cleanse them from sin. Thus indi- 
viduals are changed from this worldly life of sin, greed, 
hate and lust, to a new creature in Christ Jesus. "From sin - 
ners, to sinners saved by grace" is the theme song of this 
brotherhood of Christ. 

Our job as Church members and young people is to witness 
to the saving knowledge of Christ. Yes it is hard for us to 
realize that the young person who sits next to us in school 
who is not a Christian, is not a member of Christ's brother- 
hood, but it is a fact. Can we associate with them day after 
day and not speak to them about Church and Christ? The 
niceties of modern society make it hard for us to come right 
out with it, yet it is our business as Christians. What are 
we going to do about it? 

SERVANTS ARE BOUND TO PREACH. We have the ob- 
ligation to preach. Whether or not it suits us, it is our defi- 
nite and unavoidable responsibilty to bear the gospel message 
to our friends outside of Christ. "If there had been no cross 
of Calvary, there would be no gospel. Since we do have the 
redeeming Cross we are bound to publish its message every- 
where." (Maclaran). The gospel is a truth which bears with 
it the gift of eternal happiness. We are cowards and raisers 
not fit for heavenly palaces if we have this saving gospel in 
our hearts and share it not with other people. 

STRENGTH FOR WITNESSING. Pentecost gave power to 
the witnessing of the apostles. The Spirit gives us strength 
today for witnessing. Perhaps we have never spoken to a per- 
son about his salvation. There is always a first time for 
everything. With the help of the Spirit we can conquer. Two 
young pre-seminary students a few years ago, while out on 
a Gospel team meeting, were called upon to do some door to 
door visitation in the area near the church in which they 
were holding services. Such visitation, especially among 
strangers, was new to both of them. Before making the first 
call, the young men spent time in prayer and consultation 
with the Lord. With shaky knees they approached the first , 
door, rapped and gave the invitation to services to the person 
who answered. A moment later they were walking down the : 
steps, their first call was over. Each call after that came a : 
little easier. Today both of those young men are active in the ■ 
ministry of the Church. They knew their strength lay in the ; 
Lord. This help from God needs daily renewal through prayer 
and supplication, but it can be had by those who are willing 



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;o ask for it. We are but earthen vessels used to carry a 
nessage of eternal world brotherhood. But may we be clean 
md purified and willing vesesls in our assigned tasks and du- 
ties as Christian young people. 

BIBLE QUIZ ON THE TOPIC 

1. What kind of epistles of Christ are we to be? 2 Cor. 
i:2-6; 2 Cor. 4:5-7. 

2. How does a person become a member of this select world 
jrotherhood? John 3:5-7; 1 John 3:1-3; Galatians 3:26. 

3. Are Christian Japanese, Germans, and Italians part of 
)ur Brotherhood in Christ? Galatians 3:27-29; 1 Cor. 12:12- 
14; Ephesians 4:12, 13. 

Oup Children's 
Department 

Mrs. Lopetta Carrithers 
Superintendent 




Dear Children: 

There is an old wise saying, "You cannot keep your cake 
and eat it too." This means that everybody has to make a 
choice with everything which they enjoy. They may keep it, 
or they may eat it and enjoy it. They can do either' one they 
choose, but they cannot do both. 

Somebody gives a girl a box of candy, and her friends 
come to see her. What shall she do ? It would be nice to pass 
it out to her friends. So she would have the fun of seeing 
them enjoy it. But then the candy would be eaten up, and 
she could not keep it. And perhaps she would rather keep it, 
so she could put it away somewhere, and save it so that it 
will last three or four days, all for herself. 

A boy grows up to be a man, and thinks he would like to 
make a lot of money. Perhaps he has good fortune, and begins 
to make it. Then he will hear the voice of good thoughts call- 
ing him to be generous, and help others who have less than 
he. Something within him whispers that he will be happier if 
he will use his money most to make others glad; but some- 
thing else begins to tell him that is not so. If he gives any of 
his money away, he will not have so much for himself. He 
cannot share it, and keep it too; and he thinks, that he would 
rather keep it. 

That is the trouble, then, which we seem to be in, whenever 
we want to know what to do with things like cake and candy 
and money, and the good things of this world which people 
covet. We seem always to be caught between two choices. 
If we spend and give, we cannot keep. If we keep, we cannot 
give and spend. 

But I wonder if you have ever thought that there is a whole 
range of the most important things in the world which we 
2an keep, and give too? And no matter how much we give, 
we do not have any the less to keep. Sometimes we are rather 
dismayed that this is so. I expect the boys and girls, and 
the grown-ups, too, have heard the story about Mr. Brown. 
One day Mr. Brown said to Mrs. Brown: "I don't know where 
our daughter gets her terrible temper." "Well," said Mrs. 



Brown, "she did not get it from me." "No," said Mr. Brown, 
"you still have yours!" 

But the funny part of it is that she still could keep it 
and give it too. Bad-tempered people can give their bad tem- 
per to everybody else and still have more bad temper than 
ever for themselves. Boys can have impure thoughts and 
can give those thoughts to others, and their own minds will 
be just as impure as they were before. Girls who tell mean 
gossip can spread that mean gossip to others, and yet will 
not have any the less of it in their own minds still. 

But then we can be glad that the same is true of the beau- 
tiful things. Let a girl fill her own heart with cheerfulness, 
and she begins to give it to others. The others say, "We are 
so glad to have her play with us, for she is always happy." 
Does she have any less happiness in her own heart because 
she gives happiness to others ? Of course not. She has all 
the more. 

Let a boy be strong and manly, and clean. Other boys will 
begin to admire him and want to be like him, and presently 
he will have given strength, and manliness, and cleanness to 
them. Does he have any the less of these for himself? Of 
course not. He has more and more just in the measure that he 
has given these fine things to others. All that we know of 
God, all that we have learned of Jesus, everything in our 
souls which has been made high and fine because we have 
tried to live as Christians, we can give to others, and in giving 
we possess more for ourselves. 

That is what St. Paul meant, when he said of himself that 
he was "poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and 
yet possessing all things." He meant that he did not have 
many of the things of this world — like lands and houses and 
money, which, for one man to be rich in, may mean for 
another to lack. But he had in his heart the strength and the 
virtues which he had learned from Jesus; and the more of 
he gave, the more of these he had. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



LET ME ALONE 



Let me alone," said the bug to the beast, 
"Your blood is so rich I'm having a feast, 
I want you to enjoy this privilege rare 
Of feeding on you without any care. 
Let me alone." 

"Let me alone," said the flea to the man, 
"I want to get out of you all that I can. 
The fatter you get the better for me," 
Said the wicked and heartless parasite flea. 
"Let me alone." 

"Let me alone," says the saloon parasite, 
"To the state's great riches I've surely a right. 
Since I pay license to take all I can 
Of the money and life-blood of every man. 
Let me alone." 

"Let me alone," did I hear you say ? 

The loss is too great for the tax you pay. 

You're worthless and worse, you thieving brigand! 

I'll vote you, I'll vote you out of the land. 

— Halifax Presbyterian Witness. 



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THE DAYTON DEDICATION 

(Continued from page 11) 

these two men. Special credit is due the Building 
Committee for the erection of this beautiful building 
in so short a time, during a time of National crisis. 

The Building Committee was fortunate in having 
as one of its members the architect Mr. W. Ray 
Yount. He not only designed this beautiful structure, 
but without his help the completion of the building 
in so short a time in the midst of this crisis would 
have been impossible. He gave hours of time, which 
money could not buy. Rev. Vernon Grisso was also 
a member of this committee, and contributed his part 
to the committee in addition to the inspiration which 
he gave to the Church during this period. 

I was very much impressed with this new build- 
ing, for it is really much more beautiful and pleasing 
than appears from the pictures which are presented 
in this issue of The Evangelist. It is Colonial in type, 
modeled somewhat after the Patrick Henry Church 
in Richmond, Va. ; it is dignified, possesses a quiet 
beauty and charm in keeping with its simplicity; 
and it speaks with an eloquence of the things which 
make us Brethren. This building is truly a Church 
appropriate for Brethren. It seems to me, that since 
we spend much effort to present the Brethren cause, 
we could well afford to build Churches like this one, 
which speaks so eloquently of our heritage. 

I was glad for the opportunity to be present for 
the dedication to represent Ashland College and 
Seminary ; and both Mrs. Ronk and I were glad to 
be present and to see the faces of the Dayton people 
beam with delight because of their new Church. The 
soft strains of music from the organ, the warm glow 
of light, and the pervading spirit of the occasion 
made this a day of worship, praise and rejoicing. 
Truly a day never to be forgotten, regardless of what 
future days shall bring forth. 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Prayer Meeting Topics 



LESSSON 13 
Subject: A Great Future Event — The Rapture of the Church. 

1. The first great event of the future will be the coming 
of Christ for His church. This may happen at any moment. 
1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Matthew 24:44; 
Luke 12:20 

2. Those who are asleep in Jesus will come with Him when 
He comes for His church. 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14 refers to 
the souls of the righteous dead. 

3. Then those of the Lord's people who are alive, shall be 
caught up to meet the Lord, and to meet the righteous ones 
who have gone before. 1 Tliessalonians 4:17; Philippians 3:20. 



4. The Lord does not appear to the world when He comes 
for His church. Only the redeemed shall hear His call. 

5. When He appears in glory every eye shall see Him. 
His saints shall also appear with Him. Rev. 19:14. 

6. Only the body is laid in the grave. The very second the 
spirit of the righteous is absent from the body, it is present 
with the Lord. Death is but the gateway to life. Luke 12:4, 5; 
2 Corinthians 5:8; 2 Peter 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Psalms 
23:4. 

7. There is more than one resurrection. One thousand 
years will pass away between the first and second resurrec- 
tions. Revelation 20:5, 6; 1 Corinthians 15:23; Revelation 
20:4, 7. 

8. Those who have part in the first resurrection will never 
stand before the Great White Throne. Revelation 20:6; Rev- 
elation 20:11, 12. 

9. All the, dead in Christ will be resurrected when Christ 
comes. All who are living for Christ will be caught up when 
He comes. Those who are Christ's shall be with Him; not any 
other. Hebrews 9:28; 2 Timothy 4:8. 

10. Are you ready ? Do you love His appearing ? If you 
turn to God, confessing your sins. He will forgive you im- 
mediately, and the Blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse you 
from all sin. Believe in the finished work of Christ. Then live 
in the daily expectation of this blessed hope of His appearing. 
1 John 3:3; 2 Peter 3:13, 14; 1 Thessalonians 4:18. 



WHAT IS TRUTH? 

Truth is one of the most beautiful things in the 
world. It is more than not telling lies to other peo- 
ple ; truth means not telling lies to one's self. 

The man of truth faces life with unflinching cour- 
age. The excuses we make ourselves do not last. 
Sooner or later they fail us. Then we are left shiv- 
ering and trembling, despising ourselves, dreading 
the eyes of others. 

False joy does not last. Money loses its magic 
power, often withering in one's hands like a bright 
bubble. Success fades like a rainbow from the sky. 
We cannot hang our life upon it. We cannot even 
plan for happiness upon the life of a child, a hus- 
band, or a wife, for all too soon they slip away and 
we realize we never had them — ^that they were not 
made to be owned or just to minister unto us. 

But truth will always last to comfort and strength- 
en us. It is beautiful to live honestly for even one 
minute. Such living does not happen just to poets, 
mystics or saints. Living the truth can be a real ex- 
perience to the digger in the ditch, to the prisoner j 
in his cell, to the mother bending over her stove, even ? 
to the king on his throne. 

If one will let Jesus reign in his soul it will be 
much easier always to speak the blessed truth. But 
without him we are helpless; we can do nothing. 



Midland, Mich. 



Bertha Yandeau. 



February 6, 1943 



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FORTY YEARS AGO 



The following was taken from the files of the Evangelist 
of forty years ago, Volume XXV, No. 6, the issue that corre- 
sponds to the present one before you these years later. 

We thought it might be interesting to run a few items each 
week for a little while, to recall to the memory of many over 
the brotherhood the "doings among the churches" many years 
ago. 

:(; :!; * # :t; 

1903 . 

"Brother L. G. Wood has changed his address from South 
Haven to Mulvane, Kansas. 

"Brother Bashor is having great throngs at his meeting 
at Milford, Indiana, in spite of stormy weather. He hopes to 
go from there to Nappanee about February 20th. 

"Brother I. D. Bowman closed his meeting at Roann, Ind- 
iana, with 23 accessions to the church. He reports hard 
work in that place, but the members working faithfully and 
the results glorious. 

"The meeting at Dallas Center, Iowa, held by S. B. Grisso, 
closed with 14 baptisms besides two accessions just previous 
to the meeting. 

"Brother J. L. Kimmel began a meeting at Gratis, Ohio, 
February 8th. 

"Brother A. D. Gnagey preached for the church at Pitts- 
burgh, Pa., on Sunday last. He reports a pleasant visit with 
the church there." 

All the above mentioned brethren, with the exception of 
Brother I. D. Bowman, have passed to their eternal reward. 
But we feel that there are many who read these lines who 
will remember the preaching which came from their lips and 
found lodgment in their souls. 





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ELKHART, INDIANA 

Our people are meeting the challenge of the day in a very 
commendable manner, with little, if any, interruption in spite 
of the various kinds of rationing. We always find a way to 
do the things we really want to do. Ways and means are 
opened to us if we are really interested. These are the days 
when faith combined with real effort works wonders. 

The Woman's Missionary Society recently observed a Day 
of Prayer and Meditation — a season of spiritual blessing. We 
need more days set aside for special prayer and fasting. 

February is the month of special evangelism — a month set 
aside for united personal work. 

Dr. L. E. Lindower of the Ashland Theological Seminary 
will deliver Bible Lectures during the week of February 21st. 
Combined efforts of work, prayer and Bible teaching will 
accomplish great things for Him and His people. 

These are days for work, prayer, Bible teaching — days of 
self-denial and consecration. The world needs a Savior. 

Edna Nicholas. 



TRAVEL FLASHES 

A Fine Compliment 

I do not wish to commend myself, but do say that it gives 
me great pleasure to wTite. I wish I would not need to labor 
otherwise the remainder of my earthly pilgrimage and might 
put on paper many things I'd like to have said; if not by 
me, then by someone better able to do it. I have been em- 
barrassed a good many times lately by persons verbally tell- 
ing me to keep writing for The Evangelist. But was surely 
elated by this message which just reached me from the East: 
"I wish you to know I appreciate your editorials so much; 
I often felt like writing before now . . . You are so plain and 
truthful and strikingly Brethren . . . You are so sensible and 
especially this last one on Gas Rationing and Church At- 
tendance and about Radio — hope we may have many of them. 
... I am old and it is too far to go to church, so I appre- 
ciate reading The Evangelist." My answer to the dear sister 
was: "Such commendation calls for the best one can give" 
and I hope to be able to do it. 

A Long Trip 

I was minded to go West during the "unpatriotic" season. 
I could not well defer it and started to Kansas City the day 
before New Years Day from Chicago. Early I arose and 
rushed to the Dearborn Station to get a Streamliner on the 
Santa Fe, leaving at 9:30. I saw it start after waiting one 
and one-half hours, filled with soldiers and waited another 
three-quarters of an hour, standing in a great throng all the 
time, freezing to my grips, only to see gates open on either 
side of the main crowd where I was jeopardizing my chances 
to get that one. Yet, I did manage to get on it, missing my 
connections and causing me to be on the train and trip until 
6:00 o'clock the next morning, just about 24 hours enroute. 
I was amazed how well I "took it" and how I could "get on" 
the next day with such a poor rest. 

But there was never a more interesting time to travel than 
now. Soldiers are glad to talk and one gets news from around 
the world in several hours if he tries. At the dining table 
one evening, crowded to the limit, I sat with a girl of the 
army, a gunner who had been through Pearl Harbor and 
Guadalcanal and an airman, a lad who said, "When I press 
the button it is meant to destroy a human life. I wonder 
how I'll fare at the last judgment?" I told him he'd have to 
face it just as we all would — calling for the mercies of God 
for our past failures. It seemed to help him. 

A Brave Testimony 

When I told them that I was a preacher, they all seemed 
to warm up and to want to talk. This particular lad had been 
tough. He believed that there was not a more "cussing" bunch 
of profane fellows anywhere, he said, before these battles. 
Then somehow, he said, "we all got serious" and he said he 
believed that the entire crew were now Christians and that 
they would always remain so. It was good to hear. The other 
man beside me was a former newspaper man who was seem- 
ingly swept off his feet by his surroundings and I do not 
know how many times in that hour he said, "It is all very 
wonderful." It was a most happy experience for me. 

She Got Her Man 

Folks were not particular in a train load of "standing 
room only promised" just who was their seatmate. Many stood 
and some sat on arms of the seats, on their suit cases or 
anything that would rest their tired bodies. You should have 
seen me — a man who has had to fight for his sleep — sleeping 
with eyes opened toward the light and to have heard others 
(maybe me) snoring with all kinds of noises, jesting, laugh- 
ing and smoking all around us. Sleepers? Not on a Clergy- 



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man's ticket. Smoking Cars? Not any more; they are all 
that now. 

Across in front of me sat a girl and a tall, good-looking 
soldier. He seemed bashful and retiring; not she. He had to 
face her for he had that little straight-backed end seat and 
had to look her way. It was interesting to behold. He was 
slow to talk, but she worked on him for a good hour when 
he became less afraid and finally for the rest of the day they 
did have a good time. It must have been quite refreshing to 
him afterwards for most of the boys seemed anxious to talk. 
The difficulty is to get a point of contact. 

Another Gal 

Why does this girl have a seat all to herself? (This is a 
less crowded train). For the entire distance she did not have 
a single bit of company. She was wonderfully painted up; 
she was pretty to look at; she smoked so many cigarettes 
that I wondered that the porter did not rebuke her for the 
stubs and ashes she left on the floor. She did look around 
and it seemed to me she was willing to be sociable. But no. 
My idea is that she was too artificial : painted, curled, nervous 
and apparently snobbish. I pitied her, believing that she had 
been trained to a false idea of life. I wonder what will hap- 
pen to such girls and what their mothers will not have to 
answer when they face the judgment along with the gunner ? 

Fort Scott, Kansas 

This is a nice town about the size of Ashland, Ohio. In it 
we have a nice, debt-free, spacious building, located within 
five blocks of the center of the city, across from the High 
School, near the other city buildings, it being a brick struc- 
ture in a good state of preservation, on a prominent corner 
of streets — one the main auto route of the country. 

Too, we have here a fine small group of people who are 
hungry for the Brethren message. I came upon them rather 
suddenly and less than twenty people came out any evening. 
But what they lacked in numbers, they made up in enthu- 
siasm for the message of the Book. They took good care of 
me and helped me on my way with their substance and left 
me with a strong desire to return and help them at some later 
date. This field must not be neglected longer. It is too good 
to lose; too weak to go alone. If we fail here, someone else 
will not. I'll pledge my prayers and friendship to Ft. Scott. 
Then to Dayton, Ohio 

While here I received the invitation to come to Dayton to 
help dedicate the new "The Brethren Church," the Patrick 
Henry-patterned stnacture. Beautiful, plain, spacious — it is 
a monument to heroic people who will not surrender nor 
desert a great cause. My wife in Chicago with daughter 
Dorcas wrote me: "It seems to have pepped you up a bit to 
be among our old friends." Well, why not? There I learned 
that many of the people leading this enterprise were folks 
whom I had received into the church years ago. Kem, the 
leader-lawyer and generous giver, and Yount the architect, 
who made possible what a less interested one would not; 
and others too numerous to mention. I am very happy for 
them all. It was very nice to be alive and able to be with 
them in victory 

Cerro Gordo Next 

I am now packing and getting ready for the next offensive 
against the Evil One at the above village with "The McCart- 
neysmiths." Pray for us. How we shall fight sin and woo the 
erring ones and like it! We have great hopes. 

Then Where? 

I hope to be kept more busy than I have been. I was en- 
couraged by a good many preachers to enter this field this 



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year. But I cannot remain in it unless they keep me more 
busy. I have more than a week before Easter for some church 
— kept for some place not yet apparent. I'd be glad to give 
a whole week of Pre-Easter sermons, appropriate to the times 
and season if I get the invitation. The hardest thing to try 
to do, is to try to do nothing. 

Charles A. Bame, Carey, Ohio. 



A VISIT TO MT. PLEASANT, PA. 

Elder J. L. Bowman, a member of the Board of Evangelists 
of the Pennsylvania District, and the writer spent the fore- 
noon of the Lord's Day, January 24, at the Mt. Pleasant 
Brethren Church. Brother Bowman and I had been invited 
to come for the installation service for newly chosen deacons 
and deaconesses, and also to conduct a baptismal service. 

First, it was our pleasure to witness a live wire Sunday 
School. There are very few congregations where the wor- 
shippers sing so wholeheartedly as here. To sing "with the 
spirit and the understanding" seems to be in evidence at 
Mt. Pleasant, and the atmosphere is surcharged with holy 
enthusiasm in every exercise. It is needless to say that the 
Sunday school and church is growing when such fervency 
for the things of Christ is manifest as we witnessed at Mt. 
Pleasant. The Sunday school began on time and closed on 
time, and showed purposeful planning and careful direction. 
Brother Gearhart is the efficient Superintendent. 

In the morning worship hour we saw a continuation of ; 
spiritual devotion. Brother Ralph M. Singer, a layman from ; 
Vinco, is the active pastor of the flock. The choir, composed ] 
largely of young people, rendered a very beautiful number. 
Those whom Brother Bowman and I installed into the office 
of deacon and deaconess were Brother and Sister Charles 
Lessman and Brother and Sister Walter Daniels, laity of 
splendid Christian loyalty and integrity. 

After a few words relative to Christian Baptism the writer 
baptized and confirmed fifteen persons, four of whom are 
heads of families. No, there had not been a series of meet- 
ings held. This is a present fruitage of the Lords' reviving 
of His work through the regular worship appointments on 
the Lord's Day, together with the personal soul-winning work 
of Brother Singer and his co-workers. No doubt a church 
and pastor may be known by their fruits, and may this good 
Gospel work continue to magnify the Lord at Mt. Pleasant. 

The Mt. Pleasant Brethren Church is supporting a full-time 
pastor, who resides on the field. We are glad to say that the 
congregation is wholly self-supporting and is enjoying a great 
blessing in it. Despite the heaviest budget in the history of 
the church the congregation has a neat sum in her treasury. 
Though there were but thirty-five active members, God has 
honrred their faithful efl'orts and added fifteen to their num- 
ber. The auxiliary functions of the church are grovring in 
organization and enthusiasm. The church has a vision and 
her people have a mind to work. 

We share this good news with the brotherhood in the 
hope that it may be an incentive for renewal of Christian 
efforts. I have personally felt for a long while that we are 
not using our laymen in the Lord's work to fill in the gaps 
and stem the tide of dying Brethren Churches as we should. 
1 firmly believe that if a layman will sacrifice a good earthly 
position to care for a struggling church he will find that God 
will honor his faith. I also believe that a half-time ministry 
falls too far shore of the work there is to do in any congrega- 
tion. There is a difference between "getting by" and "getting 
there." 

Clarence Y. Gilmer, E. 1, Conemaugh, Pa. 



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Vol. LXV, No. 7 



February 13, 1943 




The Superintendent 
Mr. Edward Suman 



BENEVOLENT NUMBER 



Give and it sfiall be given 
unto you; good measure^ 
pressed down^ and shaken 
together; and running over, 
shall men give into your 
bosom. For with the same 
measure that ye mete with- 
al it shall be measured to 
you again/' Lu\e 6:38. 



Under the efficient management oF Brother and 
Sister Suman, the Brethren s Home deserves 
your best support. 




The Matron 
M rs. Edward Suman 



Official Organ 
of The Brethren Church 



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CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 2 

The Present Age— Editorial— W. lE. R 3 

Founders' Day Observance — Editorial — F. C. V 3 

The Benevolent Offering — We Wonder Why? — 

Rev. Fred C. Vanator 4 

More Facts and Figures — Rev. L. V. King 5 

Ye Have Done It Unto Me — Dr. Martin Shively 7 

Some Rightful Claims of our Aged Ministers — 

Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 7 

The Brethren Home — Dr. Isaac D. Bowman 8 

Consideration for Others — Rev. E. M. Riddle 9 

Shelter With Security— John C. Eck 9 

Our Obligations to the Benevolent Board — 

Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 10 

An Obligation the Church Cannot Escape — 

Dr. George S. Baer 11 

The Superintendent and Matron Report 11 

The Treasurer's Report 12 

Words of Appreciation 12 

Prayer Meeting Department 13 

With the Laymen 13 

Christian Endeavor Topic for February 28, 1943 14 

News From Our Churches 15 



INTERESTING ITEMS 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO, JOINS 100% LIST 

This week the Louisville, Ohio, First Brethren Church joins 
the column of 100% Churches in the "Evangelist in Every 
Home" drive. Brother E. M. Riddle, pastor of the church, 
informs us that the Woman's Missionary Society of the church 
took an active part in this drive for subscriptions. We wel- 
come the Louisville Church to the growing list of 100% 
Churches. Sixty-three subscriptions came from this church. 
Brother Riddle writes that there are some outside the mem- 
bership who are subscribers, so we think this makes them 
100%-plus. This makes Louisville No. 6. 

AND NOW LOOK WHO COMES!!! 

Just as we are going to press two more churches join our 
100% ranks. Waynesboro, Pennsylvania (Loyal) pastored by 
Brother D. C. White, sends in a list of twenty-two subscrip- 
tions to cover their membership and thereby becomes Church 

No. 7 on our list. Following close on the heels of this letter 

came one from Lanark, Illinois, First Brethren Church, pas- 
tored by Brother E. D. Burnworth, containing a list of eighty- 
nine names, which places the Lanark Church as Church No. 8 
on our list. 

Our congratulations go to each of these churches. Now we 
are wondering who will surprise us with list No. 9 ? We are 
sure this list will soon be coming, for we have inklings of 
other churches which are working hard at the task of getting 
The Evangelist in 100% of the active homes of the church. 
We will be looking for No. 9. 

THE ROLL NOW STANDS AS FOLLOWS: 
No. 1.. . (Second Year) . .Vinco, Pa., Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, pastor 

No. 2 New Lebanon, Ohio, Rev. C. W. Berkshire, pastor 

No. 3.. .North Manchester, Indiana, Rev. J. R. Schutz, pastor 

No. 4 Ashland, Ohio, Rev. L. V. King, pastor 

No. 5 Johnstown, Pa., Third, Rev. W. S. Crick, pastor 

No. 6 Louisville, Ohio, Rev. E. M. Riddle, pastor 

No. 7 Waynesboro, Pa. (Loyal) Rev. D. C. White, pastor 

No. 8 Lanark, Illinois, Rev. E. D. Burnworth, pastor 

No. 9 ? ? ? ? 

WE NOTE AN INTERESTING ANNOUNCEMENT in the 
Goshen, Indiana, Bulletin. Brother H. H. Rowsey, pastor, an- 
nounces a "Book of the Month Club." Close reading tells us 
that each month a Book of the Bible is reviewed, giving a 
bird's-eye view of that book in a twenty-minute period. This 
precedes the regular prayer service. It is a good suggestion 
for others to follow. 

WE ALSO NOTE THAT NEW LEBANON, OHIO, fulfilled 
one of her Forward Program Goals in the Ohio Five Year 
Program by sending a delegation of twenty-six to attend the 
Dayton Revival. 

FROM THE VINCO, PA., BULLETIN: "During the months 
of October and November 17 were added to our church mem- 
bership. During December and January 15 were added." "And 
the Lord added to the church daily such as were being saved." 

PUBLICATION DAY HONOR ROLL 

During the week two churches have been added to the list 
of those who have sent in their Publication Offering for 1943. 
They are as follows: 

No. 10. Ardmore, Indiana February 3rd 

No. 11. Raystown, Pennsylvania February 4th 




EDITORIALS 



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THE PRESENT AGE 

In this age, one sometimes feels very much as if he 
were sitting in a review stand and watching a pro- 
cession go by, or as if he were a spectator observing 
the drama of life unfold. The march of events is so 
stupendous that one hardly feels that he is a part of 
the passing show. One's mind hardly seems able to 
keep abreast with world events. This was indeed a 
part of the war strategy of the Axis powers ; and 
now the Allies are using the same Blitz psychology ; 
which intends to keep the mind so "stunned" that 
normal reactions are impossible. 

While it is true that in a sense we are spectators ; 
it is also true that the pull of things — of world hap- 
penings — is so strong that one feels irresistibly 
drawn into the very center of world happenings. Try 
as we will to keep aloof, we find ourselves actors in 
this present age. 

THE CHRISTIAN AND WAR 

The Brethren have always been opposed to the 
bearing of arms in carnal warfare ; and just previous 
to the present war there had been a very rapid in- 
crease of this attitude among Christians of all faiths. 
From the outbreak of the European war until Decem- 
ber 7, 1941, there had been a gradual shifting of 
attitude by many Christians in the opposite direc- 
tion, but Pearl Harbor brought on almost instanta- 
neous change. There was a sudden realization of the 
stark tragedy of defeat, which would open the flood- 
gates of barbarism, — not an academic barbarism but 
one which was easily seen in the slaughter of Jews, 
of hostages men and women, in the abuse of women, 
and in useless, senseless taking of human life on a 
scale before unknown. 

OUR RESPONSIBILITIES 

The present age is very much with us, it is our 
age; but the Christian should so keep in fellowship 
with God that the world spirit shall neither dominate 
his life, nor shall he be "stunned" by world events. 
The present constitutes a real challenge to individual 
Christians and to the church to maintain and insist 
upon faith in God, who is greater than all world pow- 
ers and forces. We should not be dominated by "The 
Present Age" but our faith should leave its impress 
upon the age. 

As to war, we fight a war against paganism, we 
need to be careful lest in fighting paganism, we be- 
come pagan in the process. That we shall win the 
war, I do not doubt, and for such an outcome I sin- 



cerely pray, but I must confess that I am concerned 
as to what the fighting and killing will do to us. To 
glonfij war as such, we must not, but let us remem- 
ber that God stands within the shadows keeping 
watch above His own. 

W. E. R. 



FOUNDER'S DAY OBSERVANCE 

In the issue of The Evangelist of January 30th, 
announcement was made of the Founder's Day Serv- 
ice scheduled for March 28th. Practically all of the 
material is in the editor's hands for this particular 
issue. Some very interesting articles concerning the 
early Brethren Church in America will be forthcom- 
ing. This material, suitable for the making of pro- 
grams for the day, will appear in the March 13th 
issue of The Evangelist. 

A short Pre-View 

Among the articles dealing with this most impor- 
tant phase of the work of the church will be : 

1. "The Sower Celebration," containing among 
other things, a biography or rather biographies of 
Christopher Sower (father) ; Christopher Sower 
(son), and Christopher Sower (grandson), by Prof. 
M. A. Stuckey, who has given considerable study to 
the early work of these fathers of the church. 

2. "Christopher Sower — Printer," by Rev. Frank 
Gehman, who goes into quite some detail in this ar- 
ticle. 

3. "Christopher Sower — Christian Layman and 
Business Man," by Prof. Allen R. Thompson, Presi- 
dent of our National Laymen's Organization. 

4. "The Line of Leadership," by Rev. E. L. Miller. 

5. "Founder's Day — Its Necessity," by Rev. C. A. 
Stewart, Vice Moderator of General Conference. 

Your plans should be in the making NOW for the 
observance of this day. It is only about six weeks 
away and should be observed in every church in the 
Brotherhood. 

The program is being directed by the Steering 
Committee created at our last General Conference. 
This committee also plans to have live reports from 
the various Boards and Committees printed in The 
Evagnelist from time to time. Cooperation of each 
committee and board is asked by the committee. The 
Evangelist columns stand open for such reports at 
any time. 

F. C. V. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




The Benevolent Offering 
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"No one is so blind as the one who will not see." 

For many years it seems that the Brethren Church 
has been blind to the real need in the field of Benevo- 
lences. We have given, it is true, to the offerings as 
they have come at the stated yearly periods, but, in 
the main, our interest has arisen and ceased with 
the coming and going of this specified time. 

The month of February has been set aside as 
"Benevolence Month." February is our shortest 
month — it is also the month that usually closes a se- 
ries of offerings which follow each other month by 
month. By the time we arrive at the Benevolent of- 
fering we are (if not really and truly interested) 
saying to ourselves, "Just one offering after another 
and it is about time we cut down a little." Likewise 
it is the offering that comes just before the "Easter 
Mission Offering" which to the Brethren people has 
become the symbolic offering of the year. And be- 
cause we desire to make a large Easter offering, we 
sometimes "short" the preceding offering. 

We are not saying this to draw away from the 
Mission offering. This we would not do at all. But 
we are saying it to call your attention to the contrib- 
uting circumstances which tend to lessen the effort 
put forth for our Benevolences. 

By failing to give to the Benevolences, we are not 
only dwarfing our own lives, but denying the needy 
of both our prayers and money. 

Brother W. E. Ronk recently called your attention 
to the fact that our offerings ai"e divided into two 
classes. 1. Educationally, and 2. The Benevolent. The 
fact that practically all of our particular interests 
of the Church — College, Publishing, Sunday School 
Association and Missionary Boards — are educational 
in their emphasis and scope, leaves but the one in- 
terest on the side of Benevolences. This should lead 
us to have a particularly deeper interest in this most 
important work of the brotherhood. 



Rev. Fred C. Vanator 
President Brethren's Home and Benevolence Board 

The Why Of B'cnevolences 

Are we asking ourselves, "Why do we take an 
offering and call it Benevolences? Why is it neses- 
sary to do this at all ?" 



Let us be very frank. A number of years ago the 
General Conference of The Brethren Church organ- 
ized or set up TWO Boards — One, The Brethren's 
Home Board, which board took over the work of 
building and supervising the Brethren's Home at 
Flora, Indiana; and the other, The Superannuated 
Minister's Board, to which was delegated the task 
of securing funds to pay (and I say "pay" advisedly) 
a stipend or pension, if you care to call it that, to 
our ministers who were no longer able to continue in 
the active ministerial field. This latter was done on 
the principle that "the laborer is worthy of his hire." 

As the years passed it was deemed advisable to 
unite these two works, or "Benevolent Interests", 
under one Board. Consequently General Conference 
took the proper steps to unite these two Boards under 
the corporate name of "The Brethren's Home and 
Benevolence Board." Some of the members of each 
board were retained on the new board, among them 
the writer of this article. 

This new board found that some very necessary 
changes in policy be made. Sufficient funds were 
borrowed to clear the accumulated indebtedness on 
the Home and make the credit of the institution A-1. 
This entailed the placing of a $3,000.00 mortgage 
upon the Home property. In the matter of Superan- 
nuated Minister's support, we found that we, as a 
board, were in accord with a policy of accumulating 
a fund that would insure the payment of appropria- 
tions made during the year. Thus, if we informed a 
retired minister or a widow of a minister, that that 
individual would receive such and such a sum of 
money each month during the year that he or she 
could rest assured that it would be forthcoming. In 
other words we appropriated only such money as 
was on hand at the end of each conference year, thus 
assuring that the promises made could and would be 
kept. 



February 13, 1943 



Year by year the Home has come closer and closer 
to closing its books in "the black," instead of "the 
red." And so far each year we have had sufficient 
money to pay each of our superannuates. 

BUT 

As the years go on we feel that the church-at-large 
should have sufficient interest in the Home to seek 
to liquidate the indebtedness thereon, and to furnish 
a greater surplus in the Minister's Fund. Our min- 
isters are growing older — day by day — whether we 
like it or not. The time is coming when greater de- 
mand will be made upon our resources. Our question 
is, "WKat, ivill we do ivhen that time comes?" 

That's the WHY of the Offering 

Since the Conference has elected this Board, and 
since the Brethren's Home is the property of The 
Brethren Church, we ask in all sincei-ity — "Whi/ 
should not the Brethren Churches sv/p-port and take 
care of their own 'property ?" 

We do not feel we are asking too much when we 
urge that a large and consecrated offering be given 
this year. At no time have so many people been able 
to give as at the present. Reach down and scrape 
the bottom — but anyway, REACH DOWN. 



And Why Not Try This? 

The writer has an uncle who is a retii-ed minister 
of the Methodist Church. Among other things which 
he recently sent for my perusal was an interesting 
folder concerning a drive that is being made in that 
denomination regarding their Minister's pension 
fund. They are putting forth an effort to subsidize 
their Minister's Fund in a very fine way. They call 
it a "Dedicate a Bond" movement. Of course the 
bonds will have a long time to run, and will not do an 
immediate task — but it is "laying by in store" for 
future needs. Why not make your regular offering 
this year, and then make the added contribution of 
one of those "War Bonds" you have been buying? 
This would help us look to the future in a fine way, 
if enough of those bonds were given each year so 
they would mature year by year. 

It's a suggestion and really should bear fruit. But 
whatever you do— DO NOT FORGET TO GIVE to 
the Benevolent Cause on Sunday, February 2Sth. 
You will have plenty of time to prepare for the Eas- 
ter Offering for Foreign Missions, which offering 
does not come this year until the very last of April. 

Remember Jesus believed in Benevolences — so 
must we. Ashland, Ohio. 



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More Facts and Figures 

R'BV. L. V. King 
Treasurer of the Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 



There are a few things that we, as a denomination, 
need to keep clearly in mind if we are to carry on a 
well balanced and aggressive program for our 
Church. 

First. The work of all of the Boards is important. 
If not we are very foolish in an age of priorities to 
carry on such a program. If any of these Boards are 
unimportant let us take action at Conference time to 
either reorganize them, making them all contribute 
toward the welfare of the whole Church, or, if this 
is impossible, to relieve the Board of its work. If 
the work of the Benevolent Board contributes to the 



plea of the Church, "The Bible, the whole Bible, and 
nothing but the Bible," let us give it our best support. 
If not, let us dismiss the Board thus giving them 
opportunity to give their time and talent to other 
work. 

Second. We must, however, confess that the Bible 
does call upon the Christian Church to care for the 
aged and needy of her people. That there must, at 
least, be some form of equality among Christian peo- 
ple. 

Third. The Benevolent Board is trying to do the 
best they know how to care for the needy of the 
Church with the limited amount of money at its dis- 
posal for this work. That they are just as sincere as 
any other Board and are giving time and labor freely 
to carry on this work in the way desired by the Con- 



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ference. If they are not, then the Conference needs 
to take action to inform them of work they should 
do or discharge them and get a new Board. 

Fourth. This Offering, as supported by the 
Churches, is the smallest of all of the five Special 
Offerings of the various Boards. This is clearly seen 
when we remember that this is really two offerings 
in one. First the work of the Brethren Home where, 
so far, laymen of the Church have been admitted. 
Second, the work of the Ministerial Fund in the care 
of ministers and their widows. For when you divide 
the $3,731.50 given last year in gifts for the two 
causes, you have only $1,856.75 for each. 

Fifth. The time when the Benevolent Board lifts 
its offering is the most inopportune time of the Con- 
ference year. There are several reasons that con- 
tribute to this fact : 

1. We usually have some very bad winter weather 
during February which reduces the attendance of 
the Church and hence the special offerings lifted at 
that time. The Benevolent Board and the Publishing 
Board suffer most here. 

2. It is the fourth offering in a series of monthly 
offerings. So when it is time to lift this fourth offer- 
ing the Tither finds that his Tithing Chest is rather 
low. And in view of the fact that there will be an- 
other very special offering, (usually in the next 
month) the Benevolent Offering suffers most. 

3. The Publication and the Benevolent Boards do 
not have great Holidays and seasons like Thanksgiv- 
ing, Christmas and Easter in which to make their 
appeal for liberal giving. Hence these two Boards 
suffer. 

In view of the above there are three things we 
need to keep in mind this year as we bring our offer- 
ing for Benevolence : 

1. This year there will be almost two months that 
elapse between this special offering and the Easter 
offering. This will give us time to refill our Tithe 
Chests and to enable us to give a substantial offering 
for Dr. Yoder and our work in South America and 
yet not cut down too much for this offering. 

2. The majority of workers have a much larger 
income this year with an increase in wages and 
women and girls being employed. We need to show 
that we are faithful Tithers by giving more to such 
a worthy cause as the support of the needy. 

3. This Board is not asking for a large offering 
such as is absolutely needed in carrying on our Mis- 
sion work. But we do feel that the Churches could 
easily increase the offering $1,000.00 for each of the 
next three years without hurting any other cause in 
the denomination. And $1,000.00 divided between 100 
Churches would mean only an average increase of 



$10.00 per church over last year's offering. This can 
easily be accomplished IF the Churches who have 
not been giving would make some kind of a gift this 
year and Churches who usually give would increase 
their offering. 

If the Churches will do this for the next three 
years and no unforeseen emergency arises we will 
be able to pay off our debt of $3,000.00 within this 
period of three yeai's. Surely, our request is conser- 
vative and within our ability. 

We should remembed in spite of the smallness of 
the offerings that the Brethren Home repairs have 
been kept up and many improvements both of prop- 
erty and machinery have been added during the pres- 
ent Board's administration. This has been due 
largely to the splendid work of our present Super- 
i'ltendent and Matron, Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Suman. 
Brother Suman's yearliy report reveals this. 




Dining Room — Brethren's Home 



So what we are simply asking now is that each 
Church make a contribution toward this fund, en- 
deavoring to increase the gift over last year. Also 
that Churches feel some obligation in endeavoring 
to send some life members for the Brethren Home 
for the year. Last Conference year we reported two 
new life members. Can we report two for this year? 
So far we have not added any, although we have 
had a number of applications. 

You will find elsewhere a list of contributions re- 
ceived from August 1st to January 31st. Also the 
leading Churches and the gifts of the Churches per 
capita of their membership. Study it. See where your 
Church stands. 

Who will lead this year? Ashland? South Bend? 
Smithville? Ashland challenges you. Who will lead 
in per capita offering? Turlock? Rittman? What in- 
dividual will make the largest single contribution? 

We will report in The Evangelist the first 10 
Churches sending in their offering and in the order 
received. Additional contributions can be sent in 
later. 



February 13, 1943 

We will also report at Conference time the leading 
Churches and leading individual gifts. So we would 
like to ask the Churches to send in the names of all 



who contribute $5.00 or over, since we would like 
to print the names of the donors of such gifts in 
The Evangelist. 




"Te Have Done It Unto Me" 

Dr. Martin Shively 
President Emeritus of the Brethren's Home and Benevolence Board 



When one notes the fine response which the Breth- 
ren have made to the support of the various interests 
of the church — Missions, White Gifts, Education, 
Publications and others, he is led to rejoice, being 
convinced the people have become more alive in the 
importance of religion in this topsy turvy world, 
and to the deepening belief that in the last analysis 
the world to be, after this terrible conflict has come 
to an end, must be reshaped according to the teach- 
ings of our Lord. Thus moi'e and more even in the 
public schools of our country, time is given for the 
teaching of religious truth. "No man liveth unto 
himself," is a truth which finds emphasis more and 
more frequently. 

Now our Brethren are on the point of being given 
an opportunity to give to the support of another wor- 
thy cause — I refer, of course, to The Brethren's 



Home and the help of the Superannuated Ministry, 
both being under the care and dii'ection of The Board 
of Benevolences. 

Few, if any, of my readers will be the direct bene- 
ficiaries in funds which are given to support these 
worthy causes, but all who give help in their support, 
will not only indirectly be helped, but it might easily 
be that finally they will be in the group to whom the 
King shall say, "Come ye blessed of my Father, in- 
herit the kingdom prepared for you from the foun- 
dation of the world, for I was hungry and ye gave me 
meat," In surprise you may be among them who will 
say, "When saw we thee hungry and gave thee 
food?" And the great King will say, "Inasmuch as ye 
did it to one of the least of these my Brethren, ye 
did it unto me." These shall go away into life eternal. 
I wonder — will you and I be among that happy 
group? It can easily be so, if we will not close our 
eyes and purses to the aged who might otherwise be 
all but homeless. 

Ashland, Ohio. 




Some 

Claims 

Of 

Our Aged 
Ministers 



By Rev. Clarence Y. Gilmer 



Text: "Being such an one as Paul the aged"- 
Philemon 9. 



/. OLD AGE IS USEFUL TO THE CHURCH 

"John Wesley, at seventy-three, preached on an 
average fifteen sermons a week, and wrote that he 
was far abler to do this arduous labor at that age 
than when he was twenty-three. It is a grievous mis- 
take to suppose that age has lost its vigor to engage 
in useful pursuits. More interesting is a good life ap- 
proaching three score years and ten. It has guarded 
against many a rock on which shipwreck of a good 
conscience might have been made. Paul, as an old 
battle-scarred warrior for Christ, used his age as an 
efi'ective point in argument. 

To cut off a valuable life upon the event of age- 
is a serious mistake. To unharness a minister because 
of age is to lose the benefit of his mature faculties 
and wisdom. Where vigor of mind and body is, there 
is no justification for consignment to helplessness, 
idleness and dependence. Advancement of life is no 



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argument against engaging in new enterprises. John 
Adams, when asked at ninety years of age how he 
kept the vigor of his faculties, replied : "By constant- 
ly employing them; the mind of an old man is like 
an old horse ; if you would get any work out of it you 
must work it all the time." Cessation of work is good 
neither for horse nor man. The point is — the Church 
is losing too much valuable sagacious help when she 
discards the older but unimpaired talent. 

//. NOT TO RETURN A BENEFIT IS A 

GREAT SIN 

Gratitude is the memory of our hearts toward 
those who labored for our souls at the sacrifice of 
their own personal opportunities for worldly gain 
Listen to Paul : "If we have sown unto you spiritual 
things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your car- 
nal things ? ... Do ye not know that they which min- 
ister about holy things live of the things of the tem- 
ple, and they which wait at the altar are partakers 
with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that 
they ivhich -preach the Gospel should live of the Gos- 
pel." (1 Cor. 9:11-14). Here is a Christian obliga- 
tion — a church membership obligation. Beneficence is 
a duty, and by its practice one learns to love the one 
benefited. But the support of our superannuated min- 
istry is not a matter of benevolence! It is strictly a 
matter of debt and a moral obligation. WE ARE 
THE BENEFICIARIES— not the worn-out preach- 
ers ! We are the beneficiaries of the spiritual labors 
of those who are now in need, perhaps on our very 
account. "Those who are taught must share all the 



blessings of life with those who teach them the 
Word." (Gal. 6:6, according to Moffat) Christian 
ethics will employ with consideration aged servants, 
but, whether it be man or beast, in no case will they 
De left to starvation. We owe to our aged ministers 
the right of employment with consideration of their 
age until they are helpless or incapacitated. And 
then, if they happen to be destitute and we say unto 
them: "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled;" not- 
withstanding we give them not those things which 
are needful to the body; "what will it profit us?" 
"Inasmuch as ye have done it not (even) unto the 
least of these My brethren ye did it not unto Me." 

Not even the cold worldly corporations neglect 
their superannuatel employees. All organized life is 
bound to take care of its disabled help. Are we, "the 
children of light," going to let the "children of dark- 
ness" act more wisely than we do? That which they 
do they neglect to do in the name of Christ. What, 
then, should we do in the name of Christ? Paul said, 
"Remember me in my bonds." None of our preachers 
are in jail, but some may be in the bonds of adver- 
sity. You say, "Let the county infirmary or the old 
age pension take care of them." Their ministry and 
gifts are of the Holy Spirit unto the Church. Are we, 
the Church, willing to let Caesar take care of our 
spiritual obligations, the needs of our own employees 
and disabled veterans ? Do not forget that the Word 
says that they are deserving, and that we are obli- 
gated by virtue of their service — ^to say nothing of 
the benevolence we owe to all distressed mankind. 

Conemaugh, Pa., R. 1. 



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The Brethren H 



ome 



Dr. Isaac D. Bowman 

I have been much interested in our "Old Folks 
Home" at Flora, Indiana. I believe that the Home is 
conscientiously and intelligently managed, but it 
seems to me that the greatest handicap that we have 
is that we do not have sufficent funds to support 
this Home as it should be supported. We have a 
splendid home for the aged Brethren and Sisters 
and all who are there are remarkably cared for — 
but it costs money to 7-un a Home like that. 

Brethren of means should give liberally in free- 
will oflferings, in annuities, endowments and wills. 
The Benevolent Board should have a larger fund to 
draw from than merely the free-will ofl^erings. What 
better investment could you make than to help pro- 
vide a permanent fund to support the aged of ouc 
church ? 

Some may say, "Physician, heal thyself." Mrs. 
Bowman was eighty the thirtieth of January, and, if 
the Lord spares my life, I will be eighty-one the sev- 



enth day of March. But the reason we are not in the 
Home is because the small amount we received from 
the Superannuated Minister's Fund would not half 
pay the expenses for wife and I in the Home. As long 
as we can thus live we are enabling others to be 
better cared for. 

While we are here in the city of Philadelphia, I 
am doing half of the preaching for my grandson, as 
well as half of the visiting and we give our daughter 
four-fifths of our Superannuated Fund for our home 
while here. My grandson not only does half of the 
preaching, but attends Seminary and works three 
nights a week to help support the mission. All of us 
work free of charge and take delight in so doing. 

We appreciate the help the Benevolent Board gives 
us and as long as we are able we expect to give our 
services freely to the Lord. 

We have not asked for any salary for more than 
twenty years. We daily give spiritual things and ev- 
pect others to give us the temporal. 



February 13, 1943 




Consideration of Others 



"God is a refuge." Psalm 62 :8. He is a refuge for 
all and especially for the weak and helpless. The lit- 
eral meaning of "refuge" is, a place of safe retreat ; 
a place for protection in time of trouble, conflict or 
weakness. The "Believer" needs a refuge sometimes 
on account of helplessness. Paul, an eminent writer 
of New Testament times, acknowledged this fact. 

There are God's people in almost every community 
who are in need of the extended arms of the Omnipo- 
tence. The Brethren Church is an agent or instru- 
ment of the Almighty One. Through Him we work, 
plan, pray and give in order to manage and main- 
tain a place, a home, for the aged and lonely or 
afflicted. We believe it has become a I'eal sense of 
Joy and blessing to many of us to share in this gift 
each year until this Home can support itself. 



Rev. E. M. Riddle 



Member of the Brethren's Home and Benevolence Board 



No "Believer" can calculate upon exemption from 
advanced age or affliction. Our relationship to God, 
holiness of life, elevation of mind above carnality, 
will not exempt anyone from bodily weakness and 
inability to care for our physical needs. 



How blessed that members of the Church — many 
chui'ches — have been so helpfully and practically 
used in definite service, giving assistance and succor 
to its aged. In this service for many years now, we 
Brethren have shared. We want to keep such a Home 
for Brethren and friends. At the same time our 
Board, through the church, has given some assistance 
to worthy folks who yet reside at their own home. 

We trust that our churches will again share this 
joy of giving to a most worthy cause. We hope to 
give, at this next conference, reports, which shall 
be equal to those of last year. If so, we shall all re- 
joice. 

— Louisville, Ohio. 



Shelter With Security 



John C. Ech 



Publicity Director of the Brethren's Home and Benevolence Board 



We are hearing a great deal these days about shel- 
ters and security of different kinds. So I want to 
have you think with me about some of the things 
that really do shelter and that do give security. 

First, we want to see what The WORD has for 
us on this subject. We read in Gen. 6:14 that God 
gave Noah instructions as to the building of an ark 
in which he and all his household with the animals 
could go for shelter and security from the flood that 
was to destroy all flesh. 

Second: In Exodus 2:3 we find that the mother 
of the little baby Moses made an ark of bulrushes in 
which to place him for shelter, and with some as- 
surance that he would be secure. 

Third : And in Exodus 25 : 10 we read that God in- 
structed Israel to make an ark in which to place 



the tablets of the law and the things that were nec- 
essary for the worship of the only true God. 

Today, we, as Brethren who have the Bible, the 
whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible for our guide, 
certainly can not forget that we have such places of 
refuge as did Noah, Moses and the Law. The 
BRETHREN HOME is an ARK into which our 
Brethren can go for shelter, and have the assurance 
that they are secure for this life. To those ministers 
and minister's widows that are not desirous of tak- 
ing advantage of this fine HOME with all the mod- 
ern equipment for their convenience, we have the 
other alternative — the Superannuated Fund from 
which they can receive that security to help in meet- 
ing the needs of this life in a private home for their 
shelter. You need to read only a few of the testi- 
monies of those that receive this gift as to the feel- 



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ing- of security they have; and you need to make a 
personal visit to the BRETHREN HOME to find 
contentment of the members that reside there. So, 
Brethren, we are anxiously waiting your reply as to 
what you will make of this BENEVOLENCE OF- 
FERING, and to tell your Board how far they can 
go in meeting the demands of the day. 

As a member of this Board I want to thank the one 
that was more responsible than any one person to 
have enough confidence in me to place my nomina- 
tion to General Conference for election, and that 
person is none other than the "Bishop of the Miami 
Valley," the Honorary president of the Board, and 
one of the finest saints of God I know, Dr. Martin 
Shively of Ashland, Ohio. 

In conclusion may we never forget that the Breth- 
ren from the very beginning of the Church were 
mindful of others, in that they provided for the needy 
and homeless, as you will find in another article in 
this issue about the early Church, so Brethren we 
have all the responsibility of carrying on in His 
Name, this fine heritage from the early Fathers and 
may we never give up till we have made sure that 
we are secure in that ark that is piloted by the Man 
of Galilee, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

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■ _; Our Responsibility 

Rev. Cecil H. Johnson 

The Brethren Home at Flora, Indiana, is our very 
own ; an institution built by, owned and managed by 
the Brethren Church. It is an institution of which 
we need not be ashamed. We do not need to be 
ashamed of the work or ministry that is being car- 
ried out through it. And last but not least: neither 
do we need to be ashamed of the group of men who 
constitute the Board nor of their interest and man- 
agement. But if we review the history of the financial 
support this institution of the Church has received, 
then we may well hang our heads in shame ; but we 
choose to believe this condition belongs to other years 
and not to the present. 

In these days of Social Security and Old Age Pen- 
sions, we are in danger of being tempted to say that 
the responsibility of caring for the aged and infirm 
of our Brethren Ministers and people now rests upon 
the state and not upon us ; but let us remember that 
this God given responsibility cannot be so easily 
shifted from our own shoulders to another. 

I visited our County Home here at Falls City, at 
Christmas time to help in bringing a bit of Christmas 
cheer to the inmates there and it did my soul good 
to see those faces lighten up with joy and apprecia- 
tion because someone cared, and remembered them. 
When we Brethren send in our Benevolence Offering 
this year may I suggest that we make it a real love 



off'ering as the word "benevolence" suggests and let 
us be assured that by this means we are privileged to 
bring real joy and blessing to those who are residents 
at the Home as well as the Superannuated Ministers 
of our Church. 

Our Board is asking for a liberal offering this year 
to meet the urgent needs of the Home. We all know 
that costs have increased on every hand, with some 
commodities scarce and others unobtainable ; making 
substitutions necessary which are often costly. We 
know also that the process of deterioration is con- 
stant and that means constant repair on the prop- 
erty. We know that if the Board is going to do its 
work well as they have planned to do it, and as we 
agree it should be done, and meet the needs in every 
way as they should be met, that we must come to 
their aid and give the best offering ever for The 
Brethren Home and The Superannuated Ministers 
Fund. 

Falls City, Neb. 




The Large Reception Room at the Home 

Our Obligation to the 
Benevolent Board 

Rev. W. St. Clair BensJioff 

We Brethren have a definite obligation for the care 
of our Ministers and laymen whose productive years 
of life are over. Through great expense, tireless ef- 
fort, time and prayer, our Benevolent Board over the 
years has erected the Brethren's Home at Flora, In- 
diana, as a residence for Brethren ministers and lay- 
men. The Board's wisdom and judgment enables 
them also to help ministers and their wives who are 
not residing at the home. 

We have every confidence in our Benevolent Board 
that they can satisfactorily meet the needs of the 
Home and Superannuated ministers. That is, if we 
Brethren, younger, perhaps, in years, and earning 
income, will do our utmost in our Benevolent offering 
this month. 

The Superannuated Ministers, their wives, and el- 
derly laymen of the Church are not as they are be- 



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cause of their own choice. They need our help because 
they spent their life time in sei'vang us in the capaci- 
ties of ministers and workers for Christ. And most 
often their services were rendered for the Church 
with little more income than was sufficient to keep 
body, soul and family together. Their income per- 
mitted no accumulation of savings to support them 
in their sunset years. 

We can never repay them for their services to the 
Church. But we can, through our grateful support 
of this Benevolent offering, in part, assure them that 
we appreciate their efforts. The work which they 
have done is productive in the beloved Church we 
have today. 

It is always wise to look ahead, too, and our faith- 
ful support of this cause today may assure us of 
care and keep later on. 

The Lord loveth a cheerful giver, and He remem- 
bers that kind, too. 

— Milledgeville, 111. 



An Obligation the Church. Cannot Escape 
Dr. George S. Baer 

The church cannot escape the moral obligation 
that rests upon it for the care of the poor and needy 
among its members. It can neglect or ignore it, but in 
doing so, it will bring upon itself divine condemna- 
tion. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 5:8, "But if any pro- 
vide not for his own, and especially for those of his 
own house (or household of faith), he hath denied 
the faith and is worse than an infidel." Again he ad- 
monishes the churches of Galatia, "As we have there- 
fore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, espe- 
cially unto them that are of the household of faith" 
(Gal. 6:10). This obligation rests upon the chui'ch 
members individually and collectively. That is, it is 
the duty of Christian people to provide for their own 
relatives, insofar as it is possible, and it is also the 
duty of the church to see that its members do not 
suffer want. 

The apostolic chui'ch recognized this obligation 
and made provision for the care of their poor, espe- 
cially for their poor widows. Men who were able to 
work were expected to provide for their own needs, 
and Paul declares "that if any would not work, 
neither should he eat" (2 Thess. 3:10). But when 
poverty, or sickness, or famine overtook any of the 
saints, the church immediately took steps to furnish 
relief. And when the task of looking after the daily 
necessities of the poor became a burden upon the 
apostles, so as to interfere with their pi'eaching func- 
tions, the church elected deacons to take over the 
welfare work among their members. 

The Brethren church throughout its years has 
been inclined to give attention to the details of gos- 



pel requirements, as well as to the great principles 
of Christian teaching, and with this attitude of mind 
it has not failed to recognize its obligation to the 
poor and needy. As John S. Flory of Bridgewater 
College, has written, "The Brethren were among the 
first, if they were not the very first, in this countiy, 
to provide homes for the needy old people and or- 
phans of the church. Institutions of this kind are 
now numerous, but back in the colonial days it was 
not so. There were then no institutions for the care 
of the unfortunate and homeless. In 1760 the Breth- 
ren at G«rmantown set aside a building, which they 
furnished and provided as a free home for the poor 
widows, and other needy ones of the church. It was 
so used for almost a century. 

The same spirit of concern for the poor has char- 
acterized Brethren people to the present time and 
has inspired the founding of homes and agencies 
for the care of those in need. It led to the building of 
the Brethren's Home at Flora, Indiana, where the 
homeless and needy members of the church may find 
a home and care for the rest of their days. It caused 
the launching of the Superannuated Ministers' Fund,' 
which was calculated to help ease the financial bur- 
dens of the church's needy ministers and their wives 
in their declining years. It was that same spirit that 
moved National Conference to set aside a day in 
each year for the lifting of a special offering for the 
carrying out of the objectives of these two institu- 
tions, now merged into one. As loyal members of the 
Brethren church, we face the obligation of giving 
to this worthy purpose, and of maintaining the com- 
mendable record for benevolences established 
through the years. The need was never greater and 
the obligation never more bounden. 

Our claim to faithfulness to the whole word of 
God is at stake. Merely to declare faithfulness is not 
enough; it must be practiced. "What doth it profit, 
my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and 
have not works? ... If a brother or sister be naked, 
and destitute of food, and one of you say, Depart in 
peace, be ye warmed and filled ; and notwithstanding 
ye give them not those things which are needful to 
the body; what doth it profit?" 

— Ashland, Ohio. 



'JShe Superintendant and ^Aatron Report 

We are desirous that the Brotherhood have a re- 
port from the Brethren Home. We are sure that you 
will be wondering what has been done during the 
past year, and hope that our report will be satisfac- 
tory to all. 

We have been blessed with good health during the 
past year for which we thank our Heavenly Father 
who gives to all men those things of which they have 
need. 



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Some very necessary improvements have been 
made, such as redecorating some of the rooms, and 
you would need to see them to appreciate the con- 
trast. We are planning to do the same with more of 
the other rooms the coming months. 

We are sure that you will remember the roof that 
was leaking on the old barn some time ago, but not 
now, that too has been remodeled. With putting new 
foundation under part, and cementing part of the 
floor, 20x50 ft. for feeding the hogs. The water has 
been piped into the barn as well as electric, which is 
very much appreciated to save labor as well as in- 
crease the value of the Home. 

We are happy to report the two LIFE Members 
that entered the Home the past year, Mrs. Cora 
Frush from Warsaw, Indiana and Mr. Irvin Clark 
of Peru, Indiana, and are very happy in their new 
HOME. We have been quite busy with canning and 
harvesting vegetables and grain from the farm. We 
have 1200 quarts of fruits and vegetables, and with 
the program of rationing that we are facing, we feel 
we are doing our part in producing as much as pos- 
*sible here. 

We harvested 50 bushels of Irish and 10 bushels of 
sweet potatoes last season, with 1400 pounds, gross 
of pork, sixty-three chickens were butchered last fall 
and put in the Frozen locker plant for our meat sup- 
ply for the coming months. We have had a very good 
yield of crops from the farm — oats, com, hay and 
hogs. 

In closing we want to express our appreciation 
which words cannot do, to the Board for their fine 
cooperation and efforts to keep the Brethren Home 
up to the standards and requirements of the State of 
Indiana. So for the time being we will close with the 
best wishes to all and hoping to see and meet more of 
you in the days to come. 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Suman, Supt. and Matron. 

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THE TREASUREKS REPORT 

Money Received 

August 1 to Janitary 31, 1942 

Summit Mills, Pa $ 1.00 

Roann, Indiana — True Blue Sunday School Class .... 10.00 

Waterloo, Iowa 1-00 

Flora, Indiana 3.25 

Elkhart, Indiana — Sunday School Classes 19.00 

Oakville, Indiana — Robert Holsinger 3.00 

National Woman's Missionary Society 500.00 

Southern Indiana Sunday School Rally 

(Held at Roann, Indiana) 30.11 

Bryan, Ohio— Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Erlsten 25.00 

Manteca, California, Sunday School 15.16 

Columbus, Ohio, Cooperative Church 4.15 

(The above report shows that several churches already 
have a good start for this year's offering.) 



The Brethren Evangelist 

LEADING CHURCHES IN LAST YEAR'S 
OFFERING 

Ashland, Ohio $ 196.35 

South Bend, Indiana 188.93 

Smithville, Ohio 129.00 

Nappanee, Indiana 115.00 

New Paris, Indiana 103.16 

North Manchester, Indiana 102.00 

Turlock, California 100.00 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 100.00 

Bryan, Ohio 93.85 

Canton, Ohio 89.25 

Elkhart, Indiana 88.65 

Louisville, Ohio 87.00 

Hagerstown, Maryland 85.10 

New Lebanon, Ohio 67.97 



$1,546.26 



Please note — for here is some food for thought. Exclusive 
of the National Woman's Missionary Society gift, the above 
fourteen churches contributed more than one-half of the total 
Benevolent offering. Brethren, this should not be so. Others 
should do as well or better, while the above named churches 
should keep up the good work. 

LEADING CHURCHES ACCORDING TO 



Church 



MEMBERSHIP 

Membership Offering 



% 



Turlock, Calif. 


60 


100.00 


166% 


Rittman, Ohio 


21 


19.00 


90% 


Canton, Ohio 


108 


89.25 


82% 


New Paris, Ind. 


128 


103.16 


80% 


Ashland, Ohio 


325 


196.35 


60 


Smithville, Ohio 


235 


129.00 


55 


Hamlin, Kan. 


86 


44.39 


51% 


Pittsburgh, Pa. 


195 


100.00 


51 


Waynesboro, Pa. 


50 


24.50 


49 


Roanoke, Ind. 


59 


27.75 


47 


Sergeantsville, N. J. 


51 


24.00 


47 


South Bend, Ind. 


407 


188.93 


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L. V. King, Treasurer. 



Words of Appreciation 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Dear Brother King: 

I am sending you a line to tell you how much I appreciate 
the help I have been receivind from the Benevolence Board. 
Thank you very much. It would be so hard to get along 
vrithout it as everything is so much higher than it was. 

I am well and as happy as I ever expect to be on this 
earth, I suppose. 

My kindest regards to all, and thanking you again, 
I am, Sincerely 

Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter. 



Fort Scott, Kansas. 
Dear Brother Eck: 

To all members of the Benevolence Board and members 
of the Brethren Church at large; am glad to comply to your ' 
requist to write a few words for the Benevolent work of our 
beloved Church. 



February 13, 1943 



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May I say first that to fully realize what a blessing this 
gift means one has to receive the same. Words fail to ex- 
press how much it is appreciated. This gift makes one feel 
that your efforts to work for the Lord are not forgotten; 
and these gifts are the expression of love and respect for what 
one tried to in spreading the glorious gospel of good news. 

Members of the Brethren Church make it possible to dis- 
tribute these gifts, by the offerings they send in to the Board, 
and were it not for these generous gifts the Board would not 
be able to do what the Church has elected them to do. 



receive a blessing in 



This is the Lord's work and all wil 
giving to this worthy cause. 

May God richly bless every member of the Brethren Church, 
and the members of the Benevolent Board. May we all be 
true, and keep close to His Word, and be faithful to the work 
HE has called us, "Till He comes." 

In His Name, 

Mrs. L. G. Wood. 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Prayer Meeting Topics 

LESSON 14 
Subject: A Great Future Event — ^The Judgment Seat of Christ. 

1. Can we know the future? St. John 16:13. 

2. There is a Judgment Seat of Christ before whom all the 
redeemed shall stand. 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:10. 

3. It is clearly evident that those who stand before the 
Judgment Seat of Christ will not be lost. It is not a judgment 
to condemnation. St. John 5:24; Hebrews 10:17; Romans 8:1; 
2 Corinthians 5:17. 

4. It is a judgment of service. 2 Corinthiang 5:9; 2 Corin- 
thians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 9:22; 1 Corinthians 4:5. 

5. The Lord knows what we are capable of doing. He ex- 
pects us to work up to the limit of our ability. We are to 
be judged according to the ability the Lord knows we possess, 
not according to what we think about it. Matthew 25:15-30; 
Luke 19:12-27; Ephesians 6:7, 8. 

6. Our work will be tested by fire. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15. 

7. This will also be a judgment for rewards. Daniel 12:3; 
Revelation 22:12. 

8. There are three great certainties — life, death and judg- 
ment. No one can help being born. No one can help going 
through the gateway of death. We must, not may, all appear 
before the Judgment Seat of Christ. Psalms 90:12. 

9. Our chief business in life is to believe the things, teach 
the things, and do the things that will glorify the Father. St. 
John 15:8; St. John 17:4; St. John 17:10. 

10. May every one of us be found ready and watching. Each 
must give an individual account. Think of all those who are 
competing for worldly honors. They work to obtain a cor- 
ruptible crown; but we, an incorruptible. So run, that ye may 
obtain. Luke 12:36, 37. 



^ With the Laymen ^ 

Prof. Allen R. Thompson, National President 
Carl E. Mohler, News Editor 



THE SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, LAYMEN MEET 

The laymen of the South Bend, Indiana, First 
Brethren Church held their monthly meeting in the 
church on Thursday evening, January 28th. 

The meeting was called to order by the President, 
William Yoder, who turned it over to Brother John 
Porte, who had charge of the devotions. We sang 
"All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name," after which 
Brother Porte read the scripture from Luke 2:52 
and explained why it was his favorite verse. He also 
gave a talk on his work as a policeman, telling how 
the Church and Law and Order should work together. 
The devotional period was closed with prayer by 
Rev. Studebaker. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were read by 
the Secretary, John Porte and the Treasurer's report 
was read by Clem Garwood. 

Brother Porte resigned as Secretary and Gerald 
Gibbons was elected in his place. 

Plans were made for our District meeting of the 
Northern Indiana Churches which is. to be held in 
the South Bend Church in March. We are hoping for 
a large attendance. 

We expect to have a joint meeting with the ladies 
in February. 

After the adjournment of the meeting the social 
hour was spent in games, after which refreshments 
were served. 

Yours in God's service as a layman, 
Lewlyn Swintz, 923 Logan Street, 
South Bend, Indiana. 



Love in God is no idle or passive sentiment. A mother's 
love is just a bequest from the heart of God. All her finest, 
most exquisite, and tenderest instincts have been communi- 
cated to her out of the unsearchable riches of God. A mother's 
purest love is just a broken piece of the ineffable love of God. 
All the deep feelings of parental solicitude are but echoes of 
the primary reality that dwells in the heart of God — Selected. 



On one occasion C. H. Spurgeon went into Scotland and 
stopped at a wayside inn. There he picked up an old worm- 
eaten Bible. He held it up between himself and the sun, and 
there was just one place that he could see the light clear 
through. One worm had begun at Genesis and eaten right 
through to Revelation. Mr. Spurgeon said, "Lord, make me a 
bookworm like that." Oh, that we all could just eat into the 
Bible a little section at a time! But if you study it word 
for word, you vnll be enriched. Word studies of the Bible are 
like picking up pearls and diamonds. — A. C. Dixon. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. C Benshoff, Topic Editor 

■■Topics cowrighted by the International Society of Christian i^ndeavor. 

Used by permigsion." 




Topic for February 28, 1943 

"HOW CHRIST SOLVES PERSONAL PROBLEMS" 

Scripture Lesson Psalms 24:3-5; John 3:1-7. 

For The Leader 

In every life there comes a host of problems which require 
decisions. The decisions which we make to these problems de- 
termines in a large measure the kind of a life we are going 
to live in the years to come. There is the decision of whether 
or not to finish high school, the decision concerning certain 
amusements and friendships and a host of other problems. 
Our answers to our present day problems determine our 
life for ten to twenty years from now. As an Arctic traveler 
has observed it, it is like a sign he saw near the Arctic 
circle, "Be careful what rut you get into, for you will have 
to drive in that rut for the next fifty miles." So it is with life. 
We must be careful which paths of habit we drive in, and 
make right choices to the problems of life, for the next fifty 
years we will be traveling on the decisions we make this 
year. 

QUESTIONS ON THE TOPIC 

1. Are there problems of young people today which Christ 
cannot solve? 

2. What differences in Church and school would we see if 
young people would learn to consult Christ in personal mat- 
ters? 

3. How does Christ answer our prayers about our personal 

problems ? 

4. How do we go about getting this help for our personal 
problems from Christ? 

5. Is the possibility of help from Christ as real today as it 
was when He walked on earth? 

6. Is it possible for Christ to answer prayers of young peo- 
ple for help in problems, and yet for Christ to so lead that 
they do not feel direct answers to their problems? If so, 
cite any examples you might know. 

DISCUSSION 

QUALIFICATIONS OF CHRIST AS A HELP IN PER- 
SONAL MATTERS. Before we would go to anyone about 
problems of our life we would want to know some things about 
that person as to their ability to help, their ability to keep 
the problems as secret, and their reliability as an authority 
on personal problems. 

In considering Christ in this light we find that "He is a 
friend that sticketh closer than a brother," which means 
that what we tell Him is in absolute confidence. We can tell 
things to Christ which we would not dare tell to any other 
living person. This makes Him a real help in personal prob- 
lems. Matters which we young people would not even con- 
sider telling our parents or pastor we can tell in absolute 
secrecy and confidence to our Christ. 

Because Christ is God He has attributes of infinite wis- 
dom, judgment and foresight. These are just the qualifica- 
tions which we desire in One to whom we would go with our 
problems of life, friendship, etc. It would be well for us as 
young Christians to learn to know Christ better through 
daily prayer and Bible study. We can then breathe to Him 
our most heart-breaking difficulties and rest assured that 
we have told them to a friend who is considerate, understand- 
ing and capable. 



FAITH IN CHRIST ESSENTIAL FOR HELP. While 
Christ is known as a refuge in times of distress and diffi- 
culty it does not mean that we are not to go to Him at any 
other time. We should each day cultivate that friendship 
through faith. Yes, to the extent that when trouble does 
come, that Christ won't be to us as a stranger. 

To accomplish this continued fellowship we must have faith 
in Him as our personal Savior from sin. Since sin is our great- 
est and first personal problem we must be certain that He 
has answered that problem by our faith in Him. When this 
is done, then we can come to Him in faith believing and He 
will answer the unavoidable problems of life. He may not 
give us the answer today but over a period of years we shall 
see constantly increasing cases where we shall see that Christ 
helped us in our problems. 

If we believe in Christ as the Son of God and as our Savior 
from sin, then we can trust Him for help each day that we 
live. As we discuss our problems with Him through prayer. 
He will become more real to us, and more valuable to us 
each passing day. This is as it hould be. 

COMING TO CHRIST IN THE RIGHT ATTITUDE. So 
many people are like the man who got into a tight place and 
was in danger of losing his life. He prayed, "God, I haven't 
bothered you in years, and if you get me out of here I won't 
ever bother you for anything again." To such, Christ is little 
more than an emergency. Our national spirit at present seems 
to be one of calling to God for help in an emergency caused 
by our own muddling, just "bothering" God long enough to 
to get the war over with and to get victory. This is the wrong 
attitude. 

If we do not consider God worthy of our praise and wor- 
ship and support in times of peace and good fortune, why 
should we call on Him when the going gets a little rough? 
Our God is a God who expects, and should receive, our full 
time devotion and service. 

To come to Christ only in emergency defeats our purpose. 
We must come to Christ with praise and service when times 
are good in our lives. Then when we face problems, we can 
conscientiously call upon Him for help. Our prayers must 
be backed up with our efforts to help God help us. 

While we have sweet relationships with family and friends, 
we can be certain that our sweetest friendship is with Christ. 
When problems come we can come to Christ with the attitude 
of coming to the closest friend a person ever had. Young 
people in school, on the farm, in defense factories, on the bat- 
tlefields, can all look to Christ in faith, knowing that through 
their personal faith in Him, that their prayers will be an- 
swered. They shall receive the answers to their problems be- 
cause Christ is capable and qualified to righthly give solution 
to their perplexities. If our attitude is right, the answers 
will be right. 

MAKING CHRIST PERSONAL TO US. When Christ 
walked on earth He met and talked wdth many people in a 
personal way. Now, being absent in body, it may be hard for 
us to realize that He can be just as personal in conversation 
and deed as He was then. The moments of devotion, Bible 
reading and prayer will bring Him close to us in spirit, by 
virtue of His being near us in spirit we can be certain that 
He is closer to us than He could be if present in body. 

When we feel that Christ is our everyday companion, then 
we have reached the ideal as young people of the Christian 
church. What a difference that will make in all our lives and 
our testimony as we talk, laugh, work, and play with the 
other people of our school and community. 

FOR RESEARCH 

Collect from your own experience and the experience of 
others a list of specific problems which you feel confident 
were solved for young people by the definite help of Christ. 



February 13, 1943 



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J^ews From Our Churches 



OAK HILL, WEST, VA. 

Last November 9th, Brother Ed Miller of Maurertown, Va. 
arrived in Oak Hill to assist in a two weeks revival service, 
which had been planned since the National Conference of 
1941. This was the earliest date we could secure his services 
and the only definite time from anyone. Two years previous 
Brother C. C. Grisso had been with us in a ten days service. 
These services were very successful and resulted in adding a 
number to the Church roll in addition to other meritorious 
results. The Easter Week following Brother Grisso's meeting 
two young men from the college came after having a Gospel 
team engaged for more than three months. Conditions had 
so hindered that only two days beside Sunday could be given 
us. Everybody enjoyed the service of these two young men, 
but the time was too short. 

These two special services are all the help we have had 
since we have been on the iield. Our time is now extending 
into five years of service. When Brother Ed arrived to begin 
his service this was really our second meeting in this time. 
Many changes had come from the time of Brother Grisso 
until the time of Brother Ed. The whole world is now en- 
gulfed in war. Peoples' minds and hearts are war weary; 
labor is day and night with every body at the post of duty 
that can serve in any capacity. Blackouts, gasoline rationing, 
food rationing, six and seven days labor a week, our young 
men in the army, our girls away working in government fac- 
tories, our families having to go to other localities for the 
kind of work they are doing — all makes a vast change in con- 
ditions of any kind of Church work. 

Our meeting started with good interest and good attendance 
and a fine spirit. These all held their place throughout the 
service with interest intensified and attendance increased. 
Fine weather and good roads favored us to the very last. 
This made it possible to visit practically every home of the 
Church and to easily get to the homes to which we were in- 
vited for meals. The meeting was too short to enable us 
to eat with each family. After all gathering around the fam- 
ily table with each member of the family is much more than 
mere satisfaction of appetite. We were royally entertained. 
The fellowship of the evangelist with the people in their 
homes meant as much as fellowship in the Church. We found 
Brother Ed a very excellent co-worker and partner, always 
taking his part and even more when necessity demanded it. 
This helped us out very much a few times; also his coopera- 
tion with everyone carrying a personal responsibility of the 
Church. All such were considered and given their rightful 
place. 

The cooperation of the Church was to be complimented, 
some being present every service, others every time they 
could. But very few who were not members of the Church 
were in attendance. There were some who should have yielded 
but when their decision was "no," it was their choice. They 
persistently said no. Nevertheless, good work was done and 
the church will reap the fruit of its labor in the future. 

The business and financial side throughout the month ex- 
pressed the influence of the revival service on the Church 
for that month. Nearly five hundred dollars was raised out- 
side the regular running expense. The Building Fund Oifer- 
ing was very much above the average; the Thanksgiving 
Offering was the largest since we have been on the field. 
Brother and Sister J. A. Duncan deserve special mention for 



that. When the goal was set to reach they said, "We will 
make up what ever is short." This they did with a very 
substantial sum. 

The evangelistic expense came in voluntarily and practically 
without effort. When the story is told its conclusion is, that 
Oak Hill Church is well pleased with the service and thank 
Maurertown for their pastor in these two weeks. Come again, 
Brother Ed. L. A. Myers. 



UDELL, IOWA 

When the writer was leaving the Church at Udell to take 
up his work at his present charge, several of the people asked 
us when we were coming back, and we promised them that 
we would come back and hold them a meeting some time if 
they so desired. So one day a letter came reminding us of that 
promise and asking us to come right away. We made the nec- 
essary arrangements for the services here during our ab- 
sence and on Monday, November 23rd, drove over to Udell, 
arriving about five o'clock after an all-day drive, and began 
the meeting that night and preached every night except 
Thursday night, closing on Friday night of the following 
week. 

We struck one of the worst spells of weather that I have 
seen in the State of Iowa with three or four blizzards and 
the temperature dropping to ten below zero for good measure. 
It was impossible to heat the church to a comfortable degree 
and this cut down the attendance materially but in spite of 
the cold there were those who came almost every night. We 
did, however, have some few nights that were not so bad 
and then the attendance was very good and the interest was 
all that could be desired. 

At the invitation of the High School Principal we brought 
a Thanksgiving message to the upper grades and the High 
School students on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanks- 
giving and on the following Tuesday brought a lecture to 
one of the High School classes on "The Character of Job." 
We also participated in a previously planned union Thanks- 
giving service at the Christian Church, having dismissed our 
own service that night. 

We observed the Love Feast and Communion on Friday 
night after which we brought the closing message of the 
meeting. There was but one confession of faith, but there 
were others who promised to come and who would have made 
the good confession if we could have stayed another week. 

We found the W. M. S. still doing good work and the Young 
People's Christian Endeavor Society still carrying on regu- 
larly which speaks well for the type of Christian people these 
folk are. 

These good people are very appreciative of the gospel and 
are as worthy and needy as any people that I know and it is 
the writer's prayer and hope that they can soon be supplied 
with a pastor to shepherd their little flock; and that they 
may soon be able to make the much needed improvements on 
their church building: a basement with a heating system and 
other needed repairs. 

To say that we enjoyed ourselves for those two weeks would 
be putting it mildly. We tried to accept all the invitations out 
to meals and it became a test of endurance to see how much 
dining out we could do wdthout it getting us down. We were 
comfortably cared for in the home of Mrs. Delia McCormell 
who did all possible to make us feel at home, even furnishing 
us her car when our own was frozen up. 

They gave us a very liberal offering which we felt was an 
expression of love and appreciation rather than for the service 
we had rendered. We enjoyed preaching the Word of the Lord 
again at Udell and those two weeks will long be remembered 
by Mrs. Johnson and myself as days of happy experience. 
Cecil H. Johnson, Falls City, Nebr. 



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O Zio7i, haste, thy mission higii fulfilling. 
To tell to all the world that God is Light; 
That He who made all nations is not willing 
One soul should perish, lost in s)iades of night. 

Behold how many thousands still are lying 
Bound in the darksome prisonhouse of sin. 
With none to tell them of the Saviour's dying. 
Or of the life He died for them to win. 



Proclaim to ev'ry people, tongue and nation 
That God in whom they live and move is love: 
Tell how He stooped to save His lost creation. 
And died on earth that man might live above. 

Give of Thy sons to bear the message glorious; 
Give of thy ivealth to speed them on their way; 
Pour out thy soul for them in pray'r victorious ; 
And all thou spendest Jesus will repay. 



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/ol. LXV No. 8 

ebruary 20, 1943 

V\issionary Board Number 



He comes again; O zion, ere thou meet Him 
Mak-e knouni to ev'ry heart His saving grace; 
Let none whom He hath rarisomed fail to greet Him, 
Thro' thy neglect, unfit to see His face. 

Publish glad tidings, Tidings of peace, 
Tidings of Jesus, Redemption and release. 

— Mary A. Thomson. 



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PINAL 



OUR HUMBLE APOLOGIES 

Last month's report of the 1942 Easter Offering should 
have given on page 15 under the Southeastern District the 
following names and gifts credited to Hagerstown Brethren 
Church 

Mrs. \V. H. Beaclilf.v $ 5.0U 

Marj- Bentz 5.00 

Mrs. Ella Bovey 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Caraot'han ...... 5.00 

Mrs. Ira Downey 5.00 

Theodore \V. Fahrney 10.00 

Mrs. J. K. Funk 5.00 

Mrs, Clara Ilarlle 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. I. Hereter 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Keplinner 20.00 

Mrs. J. R. Laugblin 10.00 

/VUen Lonn 5.00 

Mrs. Enuna Newcomer 5.00 

Mrs. Angela Reichard 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Braden Ridenour 20.00 

Mrs. Henry Rinehart 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Rohrer 25.00 

Mrs. Georgia Rohrer 5,00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Shank 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. G. Smith 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. P. Spedden 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Oscar S. Stoffer 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. G. W. Spellman 5.00 

A. Roy Sprecher 5. 00 

Mrs. Marcaret Yessler 5.00 

Mrs. J. M. TombauBh 5.00 

Miscellaneous 23.04 $333.04 

■The name "Hagerstown" was merely omitted. 

We also notice to our regret that Dr. and Mrs. Louis Glenn 
Locke, of Maurertown, were credited with only $5 and it 
should be $50. 




USI MINUTE NEWS 



While the new building and its dedication at Dayton have 
been reported thoroughly in a recent number of The Evan- 
gelist, there remains much that has not been told about the 
congregation. On Dedication Day over $12,000 was raised for 
the new building. This was in addition to the previous funds 
raised for the lot and all of the expenses up to the Day of 
Dedication. Inasmuch as the Missionary Board's Secretary 
was present for a two weeks' meeting, the Dayton church 
found an opportunity to express again the primary impulse 
of the Dayton people: m i s s i o n s. It is not a new victory 
for them to lead the denomination in their mission sacrifices. 
Thus to say that they gave over $1,000 for the Thanksgiving 
Offering for Home Missions, would not seem so striking to 
the denomination, if it were related as the outstanding 
achievement of the Dayton congregation. However, when one 
adds to this offering a beautiful new church building, over 
$12,000 on Dedication Day, nearly $100 to the Board for the 
expense of the meeting, and over $1,000 for the Thanksgiving 
Offering, it becomes a singular achievement and one that 
should challenge every congregation in the Brethren denomi- 
nation. The pastor has told me that in addition to all of these 
gifts the current offerings for the last four Sundays have 
averaged $160. 

Our two weeks of meeting were as delightful and rich as 
one could expect anywhere. A new church in a new commu- 
nity has possibly never been more warmly received. The pas- 
tor and I made house to house calls day after day. In not 
one single instance were we unkindly received. Dozens of 
families invited us in, inquired about the Sunday School and 
church and expressed their appreciation for the bell and the 
lighted tower. Night after night brought many new faces 
and families. Dayton was faithful. 

However, this is only the beginning. Most of the work re- 
mains to be done. Now, if Dayton has the spiritual vision and 
consecration to utilize her rich fields for Christ, she will be 
one of our largest congregations very soon. "Unto whom 
much has been given from him much will be required," our 
Lord once said. A generous allotment of "talents" and 
"pounds" required an equally generous return in our Lord's 
day. So the success of Dayton will be measured not by what 
they have now, but by what they will have a year from now. 
God has given them every indication of His blessing. Now 
we pray for the execution of His will and purpose. To con- 
vert your material assets into spiritual power and concentrate 
that on this community is your charge. And you will succeed, 
if you really purpose to. 

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Please remember in your prayers our special services at 
Oakville, Indiana, and later in Warsaw, Indiana. 

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Four times as many Bibles are being sold in France today 
as were sold prior to the war.— World Dominion. 






February 20, 1943 



me Victories Continue 



The great increase in the Thanksgriving Offering continues. 
Nearly every church has reported now. We want to list a few 
more who have come to the front in a great effort for Christ 
and the cause of missions. 

Vinco, Pennsylvania 

Vinco, which has been so largely in the denomination's con- 
sciousness in the past year, has sent in $317.81 for a Thanks- 
giving Offering. This is an increase of $67.81. Reverend Gil- 
mer and Brother George A. Leidy, the Superintendent, and 
the good brethren at Vinco are giving a good account of 
themselves. 

Smithville, Ohio 

Smithville, where Reverend J. G. Dodds is pastor and Myron 
Steiner is superintendent, gave us an increase of $153.20. 
Their total offering was $518.20. Smithville has always been 
high in her mission giving. 

South Bend, Indiana 

The President of our Missionary Board, Reverend Claud 
Studebaker, has realized a splendid increase of $207.89 over 
their former Thanksgiving Offering. They have sent us the 
grand total of $562.54. This is a great increase. We appreciate 
the deep interest in the mission fields as expressed by the 
president of our Board and his church. Thank you. South 
Bend. Brother William Monroe is the Sunday School Super- 
intendent. 

Mulvane, Kansas 

Mulvane has sent us $156.51. Now this is really an item 
from Mulvane. In other words, this is an increase of $106.65. 
Brother Forest Coleman is the Sunday School Superintendent. 
Mulvane, we are proud of your loyalty and good support. 
Thank you. 

Lathrop, California 

Brother Peter Tacata, the faithful, Filipino, Brethren boy 
of our Lathrop church, has sent us $198.79 from this church 
which has no pastor. This is an increase of $129.07. If ever 
we rejoiced in a victory, we would in this one from Lathrop. 
This has been a real effort with real intention. Thank you, 
Lathrop. 



Dayton, Ohio 

The total Thanksgiving Offering from Dayton is $1,012.84. 
This is an increase of $474.84. When Dayton's offering was 
almost $800, they called a meeting of the men of their church 
in the basement to ask for further contributions. This church 
expressed their most grateful appreciation to not only the 
General Missionary Board but also to the Ohio Mission Boarj 
because of their help in their present program. The men dug 
deep and concluded with this grand total. A number of tens 
and fives and a few twenties made the difference between 
just another offering arid this great success. This \vi\\ not 
soon be forgotten. 

Canton, Ohio 

Like Washington, D. C, Canton, Ohio, without a permanent 
place to worship did not forget us at Thanksgiving time. 
This we appreciate. They were not content with sending us 
their regular amount, but increased their former offering by 
$56.05, making their total of $213.05. Dr. Lindower is pastor 
at Canton and Brother Donald Guittar is the Superintendent. 
We thank you. Canton. We hope we shall be able to return 
great help to you when you need us. 

There are numerous other churches who have availed them- 
selves of the Honor Award and who have thus contributed to 
a larger ministry in our Home Mission efforts. Masontown, 
Pa., where Reverend Freeman Ankrum is pastor, increased 
their offering $77.58. this year. Mrs. Louis Wheeler is the 
Superintendent. Flora, Indiana, where Reverend Bert Hodges 
is the pastor, increased their offering $50.18 over last year's 
offering. Pittsburgh, Pa., where Reverend Floyd Sibert was 
pastor, increased their offering $53.11 over last year's offer- 
ing. Brother Clyde A. Garland is the Sunday School Super- 
intendent. Manteca, California, where Reverend J. W. Piatt is 
our pastor, increased their offering $57.02 over last year's 
offering. Mrs. Josephine Bonnet is the Sunday School Super- 
intendent. 

We do thank you churches and Sunday Schools for your 
great response to our appeal. Now may God give us a pro- 
gram as great as your trust. 



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Cover Page 



The top picture on the cover page is the scene of Robert Yoder's re- 
turn to Cordoba from Hagerstown Flying Field. He was a trainee in the 
agreement between the two governments, South America and the United 
States. The names from left to right are, Juan Iztueta, pastor in Cordoba, 
C. F. Yoder, Eleanor Yoder Romanenghi, Robert Yoder, Pearl L. Yoder, 
Grace Yoder Farre, Miriam Farre, Elsa Romanenghi, Norman Roman- 
enghi, to the rear our neighbor Mr. Lleuse and son Ruito. 

The center picture is that of our Sunday School group in Cordoba. Dr. 
and Mrs. Yoder may be seen in the front row. In his accompanying article 
Dr. Yoder tells how the little girl beside him was killed. 

The lower picture is from Gerli, a suburb of Buenos Aires. Magdalena 
Anton and her mother and young Jose Anton are in the back row. 



Dr. Voder Writes 



The Brethren Evangelist 




I owe an apology to friends in the homeland for 
not writing more for The Evangelist in recent 
months. The truth is that for lack of sufficient help- 
ers, and the extra work of some 
special numbers of our church pa- 
per and the summer vacation Bible 
schools, I have had to neglect cor- 
respondence. During this time, also, 
I have held a few meetings in our 
branch missions. 

New Workers 

There has been news to write 
and I hope that hereafter I may 
send it in more promptly. First, I want to present 
several new workers. The first is Brother Jose Va- 
rela and wife from Rosario. They have been faith- 
ful members of the church for a number of years. 
Brother Varela has been employed by a large busi- 
ness house in Rosario, but gave up his job to woi'k 
for the Lord. We had to have some one to go with 
the tent and care for it, and at the same time act as 
colporter and personal worker. He is well adapted 
to the work and likes it. 

The other is Sister Louisa Krugler, younger sister 
of Mrs. Adolfo Zeche. She helped in our work in 
Huinca Renanco some years ago, but afterward pre- 
pared herself for church work by studies in a union 
seminary for women in Buenos Aires, and then in 
the Baptist Seminary for women, where she gradu- 
ated. As our work had grown so large in Rosario she 
was much needed there and is helping her sister at 
present, but hopes to help also in our other missions 
as needed. She is eminently successful in her work 
and you will be hearing more about her. 

Summer Vaication Bible Schools 

In each of our missions we have had summer Bible 
schools. Schools close in November and we thus use 
December for these schools and also to prepare the 
Christmas programs. In January and February many 
people go to the mountains for their vacations. 

In Gerli there are great obstacles to the work, 
but the attendance at the school was about thirty. 
In Cordoba, where we are also in the first and hard- 
est stage of the work, we had an enrollment of 43 
and a very good lot of w^ork was done. There were 
Bible lessons in both New and Old Testaments, in- 
cluding home duties and Christian life. The Christ- 
mas program was very nice and the place was filled 
with people. 

In Rosario, the greatest success was scored with 
an enrollment of 181. Fortunately we could use the 
tent there. It was pitched in the shade of some large 



fig trees on the two lots we are purchasing for our 
mission there. Among the members also there are a 
number who are capable helpers. Many of the chil- 
dren were new, but entered into the work with en- 
thusiasm and now continue as membei's of the Sun- 
day School. 

Property in Rosario 

It has been impossible for us to secure a rented 
hall large enough for our work in our district in 
Rosario, and so we used the money donated by the 
church in Rosario for purchase of a tent. It is about i 
20 by 30 feet and is well made. Since using it the at- 
tendance has been around 300 right along. The peo- 
ple of the district have known our work for years 
and have shown their confidence and desire to have 
a permanent work. It seemed providential that an old 
man with two large lots, each 33 by 180 feet, in order 
to divide his estate between his two sons offered us 
these lots at a very low price so that we are well 
able to take them. Then, with the tent right on these 
lots, we can begin to improve them as we are able. 
We can use the tent all year except the coldest part 
of winter, and by that time the Lord will help us to 
adopt ourselves to the circumstances. 

As this tent is needed here in Rosario, we are hav- 
ing another one, 5 by 8 meters, made for evangelistic 
work in other places. It will only cost about $160 
fully equipped and will be ready soon. 

There were a great many conversions during the 
campaign in the tent in Rosario. These are now being) 
prepai-ed for baptism. Brother Anton has recently' 
baptized three more in Buenos Aires, and in Veintc 
Cinco de Mayo I baptized five on the occasion of mj| 
last visit there. 

We have some discouragements in our work, bulj 
on the whole it is growing faster than it did in th( 
beginnings when we came down thirty years ago 
The older missions throughout the country are hav 
ing a hard time to hold their own and not a few an 
going backward. This country has not felt the hor 
rors of war as others have and the people have no 
left their vices and pleasures to serve the Lord. Thei: 
harvest time will come. 

El Testigo Fiel 

Our church monthly magazine has now completei 
one year. The name means The Faithful Wityiest 
Rev. 1 :5, and carries with its title the six-pointei 
star which symbolizes the Messiah or Christ. On 
department of it is devoted to prophecy and Jewisi; 
readers. Our January number with supplement i 
entirely devoted to them and we are having a thoiJ[ 
sand extra copies printed. Brother Iztueta writel 
very Biblical articles on Jewish topics. The pape 
has 16 pages and has been very useful in our worl 



February 20, 1943 5 

Good Neighbor Stories the family which turned out to be a Jewish family 

, . . . , from Mt. Lebanon, Syria. The children were bright 

I am a bit timid about relating incidents too soon ^^^^ ^^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^^^ questions and to win prizes. 
lest they may not turn out as we hope. However, I 

believe that it will be helpful to Evangelist readers Then a sad accident occurred. The youngest girl, 

to read about a Jewish family in Cordoba. four years of age, was killed by a truck near he;- 

„„ , 1 i- 4-u u J u J- home. I called to comfort the parents and gave them 

When we chose our location on the border between , , , „ ,. j, p f TTn t 

junju j.14-1, lu a large bouquet of roses for the funeral. When 1 

new and old Cordoba, we took the only house we „ , , , ^ r , ., ^ ,, , , i ^ ^ ..i 

called later I found that they had no photo of the 



could get after months of searching, and this has no 

hall. So, for small meetings, we use an ordinary „,,,.,,,, , . ^, ,-, 

liiouirr-cj- jji 4.- School, which, by the way, appeared m The Evan 

room about 12 by 15 feet, and for larger meetings, ' - ' ''. u -j t u j 



little girl except in a group picture of the Sunday 



gelist, the little girl sitting by my side. I had an en- 
largement of this picture made and presented it to 



we use the open court where we can have about a 

hundred people. We put up an awning for shade and ,, , , , j, , m, j- i, 

, ,, -J, . , . . •. J the parents who were very grateful. The fathei' 

have the open air for evening meetings when it does , , , , , , , , , , , . 

, , . turned out to be a wholesale dry-goods merchant. 

He made a present of $10 to our Sunday School and 

One day I found two children around the corner donated a bundle of remnants for our sewing school. 

from the mission who were on the sidewalk in front The children come to the Bible School and the par- 

of their home, quarreling over a toy. I used my op- ents also have begun to attend. They go regularly 

portunity to talk to them and explained to the boy to their synagog, but are glad to talk over the Scrip- 

that gentlemen give way to ladies out of courtesy tures and we are hopeful of their conversion, but 

and suggested that he try that and find for himself fear that their rabbi may learn of their coming and 

that soon the sister w^ould return the toy. Then I try to stop it. Please pray that they may go on to full 

told them about our Sunday School. They called their faith in their Messiah and ours. There are other 

mother to ask permission to come. She listened well incidents to report, but they must wait for another 

and gave her consent. Soon we had five children from time. 



"Reluctance to carry the Gospel over the whole world is due either to lack of a proper conception of 
the Gospel or to an indifference that is only one step short of disloyalty to the Captain of our salvation." 

1 — ^The Lutheran. 



Gerli, October 13, 1942 
My veiy esteemed Brother : 

Your kind letter acknowledging receipt of the moving picture films 
has arrived at hand. We thank you for your felicitations although we 
hardly deserve them. 

It causes us much joy to know that you are praying for us here. We 
understand and appreciate your interest of our work in the Argentine. 
Knowing how much you do in our behalf, we are resolved to work with 
greater interest and self-denial each day. The task is great, but we count 
on the presence and help of the Lord. We meet ignorance, indifference, 
stupidity and superstition of the people. However, we believe that the 
blessed cause of the Lord will succeed in due time. The fourth Sunday of 
this month we celebrated the Lord's Supper with much blessing although 
we were very few in number. 

I do not send you more news of the mission here since I believe you 
receive our humble magazine Testigo Fiel where my notices appear 
monthly. If it were not thus, I would be very glad to send you some news 
each month. 

Also, we pray for you. Each Sunday at nine o'clock we meet for that 
purpose. God bless you with all the activities in your charge. 

My wife, Magdalena, and Jose join with me in greeting you and wish- 
ing you the best blessings from heaven. 

Your brother in Christ, 

Jose Anton 



News 



Irom 



Forelp 



Lands 



The Brethren Evangelist 



"Go ye therefore, and teach 
all 7iations, baptizing them in 
the name of the Father, and of 
the Soil, and of the Holij 
Ghost. 

Teaching them to observe 
all things u'hatsoever I have 
commanded you ..." Mat- 
thew 28:19-20. 



Gerli, December 23, 1942 
Dear Brother in Christ : 

We are coming to the end of another year and certainly it was shorter 
than the former ones. However, we give thanks to God for having blessed 
us and having accompanied us all of the time. In reality we are able to say 
with the people of Israel, "Up on to now Jehovah has helped us." 

In the work we have not gone forward too much. We only baptized 
one brother the first of the year, and now at the close of the year three 
sisters will be baptized. It hasn't been as favorable as the last year when 
we baptized 12 persons in the year. 

We have now an annex where twenty more persons meet. Some havei 
made profession of faith. The field is hard and the souls very indiflferent, 
but we trust in God that He will touch and that we will find many who will: 
seek refuge in the Lord. i 

We pray the Lord God for rich blessings on our brothers in Americai 
and in a very special manner for yourself. May you and yours have a happy; 
New Year. We desire for you at the same time a success in the work that 
the Lord has intrusted to you. | 

With our sincere wishes and special greetings from my family to your' 
family, i 

Your brother in Christ, | 

Jose Anton 



Buenos Aires — Gerli 

After so much rain and dampness at last we are enjoying the sun 
and good weather. Thanks be to God for it. The meetings during the winter 
were deprived of the presence of some brethren who found themselves ill. 
The same occurred with the children in the Sunday School. The meeting 
on Sunday the 6th of this month was somewhat better. Notwithstanding, 
we had a very spiritual meeting. It was the 9th of August when the mem- 
bers of the C. E. of Bernal visited us. There was a good attendance and 
we had the pleasure of hearing a beautiful message by the president of 
the C. E. of Bernal, Ines Paganini. 

Several young people also took part in the meeting. Many thanks to 
all for the cooperation in this part of the work of the C. E. 

During the month of August we received the visit of Brother Roberto 
Romanenghi who spoke to us on two occasions. Also we had the pleasure 
of hearing a precious message by Brother Bernardino Ramos of Burzaco. 
The church thanks these brethren for their cooperation. 

Saturday, the 29th of August, Sister Josefa Medrana and Don Juan 
Termeniello were united in matrimony. On that occasion the church served 
a tea and there was a social time, all of which took place in a Christian 
atmosphere. May God bless the new home of our good friends. 

The following brethren continue ill: Josefina Vernice, Antonio Seena 
and Sr. F. Pintos. These brethren are the object of the prayers of their 

brethren of our churches. {Report from Testigo Kiel) 



The field is the world; the 
good seed are the children of 
the kingdom. Matthew 13:38. 




We have another new worker in South 
America. Miss Louisa Krugler is our Sis- 
terhood's missionary. She is worlcing 
with Brother Adolfo Zeche at present in 
Eosario. 



Is this the time, Church of Christ, 

To sound retreat? 

To arm with weapons cheap and blunt. 

The men and women who have borne the brunt, 

Of earth's fierce strife, and nobly held their ground? 

No! rather strengthen stakes and lengthen cords, 
Enlarge thy plans and gifts, Thou Elect, 
And to Thy Kingdom come for such a time! 
The earth with all its fullness is the Lord's, 
Great things attempt for Him, great things expect. 

— Selected 



February 20, 1943 



"... Whosoever shall call 
upon the name of the Lord 
shall be saved." 

Hoiv then slwll they call on 
him in ivhom. they have not be- 
lieved? and how shall they be- 
lieve in him of whom they 
have not heard, and how shall 
they hear without a preacher? 

And how shall they preach, 
except they be sent? 

Romans 10:13-15. 



Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentine 
November 16, 1942 
Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 
Our dear General Secretary of the Missionary -Board: 

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to you for the kind letter 
that I have received from you. I thank you for it very much. It was to 
me a great pleasure and a fine opportunity to have correspondence with 
the Secretary of the Missionary Board of The Brethren Church. I rejoice 
with your appreciation and your kind offer of assistance to help us to 
fulfill our particular need in the work. Thank you. 

I am also thankful for the wonderful opportunities which the Mis- 
sionary Board gives us to work as a mission worker in the Argentine. My 
life has been richly blessed- by the past year in this wondei'ful experience. 
This has given us a feeling of faithfulness toward this divine work of the 
Lord in South America. 

Well, it is easier for me to write to you in Spanish, and thus I will be 
able to write much more to you. In another letter I shall be able to write 
in English. 

With all felicity it goes very well with us in Rosario and the work of 
the Lord goes forward. There is good enthusiasm and good interest. Re- 
cently we had the tent in Rosario and we had a good revival in all our dis- 
tricts. Many souls have heard the message, and more families are attending 
our meetings with much interest. We believe that God has promises of 
great blessings and these blessings ai'e being fulfilled in our work here 
for the salvation of so many souls ignorant of this divine message. We 
are so very grateful to all of you, our dear Brethren in the United States, 
for the valuable cooperation and sacrificial effort that you make in bring- 
ing the precious message of the Gospel to our country. 

Now we raise our hands to the heavens to thank you dear brethren 
for helping us to extend more and more in Argentina the Good News to 
souls lost in sin. We put forth our greatest efforts to do all that can be 
done on our part. We feel gratified to be able to serve the Lord. 

We have much pleasure in offering you congratulations for the rich 
effort of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church the last year in 
missionary collections and the lovely "Thanksgiving Time." 

Always with much love to you brethren and to you, Mr. J. Ray Kling- 



ensmith. With fraternal greetings and affection. 



The bad winter season having now passed, we are now having better 
attendance and a stimulated feeling is cheering our hearts with the fellow- 
ship of the brethren. We had the cordial and friendly visits of Brother 
Rodolfo M. Bramatti, of Lomas, and Andemiatter of San Nicolas, who 
brought us precious messages of instruction and stimulation of a spiritual 
nature and they made us very happy by their self-denial, good will and 
cooperation. They also raised the spirits of workers and aided in making 
plans of working together for this present year. Many thanks to them. 

The convention of the C. E. brought about by union bore fruit and 
resolutions to have a weekly meeting for the beginning young people in 
order to read and study the Bible ; this work under the direction of Brother 
Varela y Capunan has achieved good results up to the present time and 
looks very promising. 

The tent in its construction is almost finished and we hope to be able 
to dedicate it, God willing, in this month of September. Our youth have 
promised with their signatures in a letter to our dear Superintendent all 
possible help in the undertaking to the end of contributing to its good suc- 
cess. We beseech the prayers of the brethren in favor of this Bible cam- 
i paign and all of our work. Adolfo Zeche 



In His service 
Adolfo Zeche 




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The Brethren Evangelist 




Great reality like great beauty can never be ade- 
quately expressed. There are realities beyond the 
range of words. When we attempt to say our deepest 

thought or describe a 

spiritual experience, the 
best we can do is to make 
little pictures of para- 
bles. 

by 

CHARLES MESSLER 

Linwood, Maryland 

So along down the 
stream of time as Sunday 
School Superintendent, 
things have happened 
which have taught me 
great lessons. Being elected to this office in my 
young years of Christian life, I was made conscious 
that to be a successful Superintendent my life was 
to be lived consistent with the office entrusted to me. 

Therefore, one of my most earnest desires was to 
know how to pray, remembering he who is hungry 
and thirsty after righteousness shall be filled. 

My experience has been that if I wanted my school 
to be successful and help the church, that co-opera- 
tion with the pastor was absolutely essential. This 
being my desire, I tried to carry it through to the 
letter. I make this statement fearing no contradic- 
tion of pastors who have served the Linwood church 
who by chance shall read this article. 

Let me say here and now that Linwood does not 
boast of the largest school, but there are none more 
loyal. I am not so sure that large numbers are always 
right — for if so, I believe our Lord would have had 
more than twelve Chosen ones to start His work 
here on the earth. Do not misunderstand me; I am 
not discouraging large numbers. But I pray you give 
me concentration and growth, these are inevitable. 
Out of our loyal group on Decision Day, there al- 
ways comes forward to accept Christ some stalwart 
young men and women who in the future shall carry 
on the work of the church. 

Now let me say to you, Mr. Superintendent, that 
if you have never experienced this delight in your 
school by giving the invtation to "whosever will to 
come and accept the way of life," you have missed 
the one blessing of your office. And I beg of you that 
at your first opportunity you do not hesitate. In this 
day of news, there is but one bit of news — that 
"Christ died for our sins." That is old news and new 
news and good news. 

Everyone knows how dark it is and the writer 
does not care to dwell on the subject except to say 
this — Who would dare to say that it is not yet fivfe 
minutes to twelve in the world's history ? 

To me the whole Bible School is a megaphone of 



Some Things M.y Tears 

As Sunday School Superintendent 

Have Taught Me 

officers, teachers, and faithful attendants who shout, 
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be 
saved." Religion never was a load; it has always 
been a lift. 

Another lesson taught me is that the Sunday 
School has a much larger task day by day to hold 
and retain the young people. Some of the older peo- 
ple of the world are doing their utmost to promote 
the snares that come their way. The prophet Hosea 
was describing our day as well as his own when he 
said, "They have sown the wind and they shall reap 
the whirlwind." The summons back to the Holy 
Scriptures never came with so clarion a call. A 
refugee in a French internment camp recently wrote, 
"Of bread I will say nothing; also nothing of money. 
But of Bibles, we still have need." Yes, the word of 
God is a foundation which standeth sure. It is a cita- 
del of the soul wherein we fortify ourselves against 
whatever the future has in store. 

Again, a lesson taught is that those you observe 
finding their way to the church on Sunday are dif- 
ferent from those who have their ear welded to some 
radio program and say, "I can receive as much by 
so doing as going to Sunday School and church." This 
is contrary to the command of God when He said, 
"Neglect not the assembling of yourselves together." 

And so, one cannot and would not want to live in 
the past, and yet some of the things taught me and 
experienced through the years have lasting memories 
of happiness that I cannot and I would not want to 
forget in my Sunday School work. And if I am 
counted any degree of a success to the church or 
brotherhood, it is not I, but Christ working in and 
through me in my humble prayer life. "Fear God and 
keep His commandments." 

May I submit these lines for your "looking ahead" ? 

Look ahead to gladness 

Making all things bright; 
Look ahead to star-shine 

Silvering the night. 
Look ahead to beauty, 

Look ahead to cheer. 
Look ahead to happiness 

Through all the coming year. 
Look ahead to sharing. 

Look ahead to mirth. 
Look ahead to helping 

The sad ones of the earth 
Look ahead to friendship. 

And to family ties, 
The sort that never dies. 



February 20, 1943 



Overheard Recently 

In a Sunday School 

A lai'ge number of Christian people, both young 
and old, had assembled in the church auditorium for 
the opening of the Sunday School. The devotions 
were conducted by a layman. He fumbled through 
his Bible as if looking for notes, and spoke to the 
entire Sunday School in this manner : 

"I have a confession to make to the entire Sunday 
School this morning. I know that eventually it will 
be out and I believe I should be the first to tell it 
since it involves me. I am here to lead the devotions 
and I feel that before I enter into them I should 
make the confession to you Christian people that I 
have been unfair in business. I have had a partner 
for a number of years in my work. We always got 
along all right in our associations and attempted to 
work for each other as best we could. However, I 
have not been fair for many years. In fact, I have 
cheated him. I believe I should make this statement 
before you all and before my pastor this morning 
when I declare my intentions that I shall no longer be 
unfair in my business. 

The partner whom I have been cheating is my 
Lord. For years He has blessed me and prospered 
my way and given me more than my share in every 
transaction. In turn I kept not only what He gave 
me but His share too. Rather recently I have been 
studying what God expects of His people in the way 
of tithing. I feel that if God gives me nine-tenths 
I could return to Him one-tenth as His rightful 
share. That is His in the business transaction. He 
has a right to that and I have still not given Him 
anything. Above and beyond that I will bring Him 
gifts and offerings. This confession I am making to 
my Sunday School where for years you have known 
me but never known that I had been unfair in my 
business." 

0—0 



PRAYER 
By Jeanne Picard Bridge 

Lord, grant us peace with understanding 
Administered with patient wisdom, born of love. 
When great ones sit around a council table, 
Make them for a moment simple men, 
In whom abideth faith in simple things, 
Forgetting vengeful hate and pride and greed 
Remembering only tolerance 
And man's eternal need 
Of man. 

This, too, we pray, against that day — 

Lord, fashion of us willing tools. 

Fine-drawn, yet sturdy. 

To mold a bright new world 

Obedient to Thy will. 




The 

l^ew Pastor 
at 
Qumherland 
Reports 



Rev. p. M. Naff, Pastor 

Since last sending in an account of ourselves here in Cum- 
berland a few things have occurred in our church life which 
we consider evidence of the Lord's blessings upon us, and 
therefore worthy of sharing with the rest of the Brethren 
through The Evangelist. 

A few men, including the pastor, one day last Fall donned 
clothing that the grime would not hurt and with borrowed 
tools and the assistance of a good friend who had studied 
plumbing and heating we made a complete change in the 
system of piping which connects our furnace ■with the radia- 
tors. The change was very successful. Last winter it was 
almost impossible to heat the church to a comfortable degree 
of temperature. Now, witli the changed piping, we can easily 
and quickly make the building comfortable, and unless we 
are careful it is often too warm. Just this week we obtained 
a radiator with an electric fan in it to use for heating our 
basement. Also in the line of additional equipment, we pur- 
chased at small expense forty theatre chairs and fifteen fold- 
ing chairs. 

In the financial line, a number of substantial curtailments 
have been made on financial obligations of the church. These 
were made possible by the fine work of the W. M. S., some of 
the Sunday School classes, the Sunday School itself, and in- 
dividual donations. The entire cost of the additional seats 
mentioned above was raised one Sunday morning by individ- 
ual and group donations. At Christmas time a nice green 
Christmas tree was set up at the front of the church arid 
decorated ■nith folding money for the Building Fund. (The 
pastor was mean enough to sneak up on the platform and pin 
his gift to the tip-top t-\vig of the tree. Don't tell anybody.) 
After this tree was decorated, another that had been dec- 
orated in an ante-room was brought in and presented to the 
pastor and his family. Then the har\'esting began. The Build- 
ing Fund Treasurer gathered $61.00 from the large tree, and 
the pastor gathered $22.50 from his tree. The denominational 
offerings are getting good attention, too, as they come along 
in the year's course. Our Thanksgiving Day Offering has 
been reported through The Evangelist and others will be re- 
ported. 

The pastor has given a series of studies on the Parables 
of Matthew 13. In the Wednesday evening Prayer and Bible 
Study Service he is teaching Colossians. Our attendance, con- 
sidering the difficulties thrust upon us by the war rationing, 
is good but we are not satisfied \\'ith it. We share ^vith sev- 
eral other churches in a bus which makes a trip each Sunday 
morning to bring isolated members to the services of the par- 
ticipation churches. The pastor has a hearty appreciation of 
and love for his small but very fine congreation and notes 
with thanks to the Lord their harmony, brotherly and sister- 
ly love, sacrifices, and faithfulness; and he prays earnestly 
that God will guard these graces to keep the great enemy of 
God and His people from robbing us of them by his \riles. 

About once each month the pastor speaks on the local 
radio station, WTBO, and is thankful for the opportunity to 
thus "tell the world" the Gospel message. 

"Brethren, pray for us." 



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Anointing for Healing 

III. Anointing and Medical Science 

Printed by permission of the Brethren Publishing Company, 
Elgin, Illinois. 



Dr. Warren 
D. Bowman 



What Are the Processes Through Which the Results 
Are Obtained? 

The ministers were asked whether they thought the 
effects of anointing were due to physical, psycholog- 
ical or spiritual processes, or a combination of all 
three. Most of those replying thought it was a com- 
bination of the three : the interaction of body, mind, 
and spirit. However, there was a feeling that at times 
one or the other was paramount. If the need was to 
relieve the mind of anxiety and fear, perhaps the 
psychological was the important factor. If there was 
some sin in the life that needed to be confessed and 
forgiveness obtained, if there was a question of get- 
ting right with God and man, or of stimulating faith, 
then the spiritual was the dominant factor. The 
changed mental outlook and the renewed spiritual 
state put the patient into such a condition that the 
bodily processes could do their work for the healing 
of the patient. 

Elder J. H. Hollinger, of Washington, D. C, esti- 
mates that during his thirty-six years in the min- 
istry he had assisted in at least four hundred anoint- 
ings. He was asked what he thought the effects were 
in general upon the patient. He replied that "there 
is practically always a more optimistic spirit, a peace 
of mind, a spiritual renewal, and a salutary effect 
upon the patient's physical condition which aids re- 
covery." 

Aside from the physical benefits that many peo- 
ple derive from the anointing, the service practically 
always brings a spiritual blessing to the anointed 
one, which in itself makes the service quite worth 
while. A minister says of his own anointing, "I re- 
ceived both spiritual and physical strength. In a spir- 
itual way I felt closer to God and free from sin." 
A devoted mother of twelve children, who suffered 
for a number of years in her youth from a female 
disease, says of her anointing, which took place at 
the age of twenty-one, "I have never had a deeper 
happiness than at the close of that service. I had a 
distinct feeling that all sins were forgiven and I 
experienced an abiding sense of God's enfolding love. 
I believe the greatest effect upon me was spiritual." 
The anointing did not relieve her physical condition 
(an opei'ation some years later was necessary for 
that) , but it produced in her a state of mind which 
led her to say that "right attitudes, mental and spir- 
itual," which frequently result from the anointing, 
ai'e far more beneficial than physical healing. A 



young girl afflicted with encephalitis feels that she 
was greatly benefited both physically and spiritually 
by the anointing service. While she did not experi- 
ence a permanent cure in a physical sense, she says 
that the greatest benefit to her was the attitude of 
mind that it produced, and the spirit of resignation 
and trust that it gave her to face the future. 

We might say that the anointing is a mountain- 
top spiritual experience in the lives of many to whom 
it is administered. One pastor writes that practically 
all whom he has anointed were more deeply spiritual 
from that time on. It is a time in one's life, perhaps 
next to baptism, when a person who has confessed 
his sins, has asked God's forgiveness, and has re- 
signed himself completely to the will of God, feels' 
free from sin. That alone could scarcely help but aid 
the physical condition. 

Any attempt to explain the effects of anointing 
must give due weight to the power of prayer. Per- 
haps we do not begin to realize the energy that may 
be generated by the prayers of righteous people, and 
the forces that may be set in operation for healing. 
In this service there are usually two seasoned minis 
ters who are supposed to have more than average 
power in prayer; there is the prayer of the patient 
himself, and perhaps also the prayers of the patient's 
relatives and friends, all concentrated upon this par- 
ticular individual. Should we not expect results be- 
yond the ordinary? Furthermore, the faith of the 
patient in the service is a very significant factor.l 
Those who come from a Brethren background can 
usually point to one or more cases in their immediate 
experience wherein the anointing has seemingly pro- 
duced remarkable results. This increases their faith 
in the service. "According to your faith be it untc 
you," said Jesus. Certainly both the strong faith anc 
heightened expectation of the patient play a signifi- 
cant part in his healing. 

What Doctors Say Relative to the Anointing 

Eight or ten doctors submitted statements, some 
of which will be summarized here. Dr. J. D. Miller 
of Bridgewater, Va., a member of our church who 
has practiced about thirty-five years in a Brethrer 
community, says : "Where conditions are favorabld 
the anointing is always helpful. Aside from the spir 
itual, which the patient alone can evaluate, it give!- 
the patient a boost which has definite effect on thil 
physical forces which are battling to restore natur 
to normal health. It gives faith and hope to the om 



February 20, 1943 



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who is struggling. This is not only true in a spiritual 
sense, but it certainly carries over into the physical. 
It is like the lifeboat to a sinking ship in a stormy 
sea, or the encouraging word of a good friend when 
the way seems dark. It changes a dark picture to a 
bright one. It gives faith and hope — a new hold on 
life. I always favor the anointing when anyone de- 
sires it." 

Dr. S. S. Conner (Brethren), of Waynesboro, Pa., 
who practiced general medicine (During the last 
twelve years his practice has been largely that of an 
eye specialist.) for fifteen years in a community 
where many of his patients were members of the 
Church of the Brethren, says of the anointing: "I 
noted that some patients called for the anointing 
service when not very ill. In my judgment their great 
faith in the service created a confidence that the 
anointing would not only bring them great peace of 
mind and spiritual uplift but also hasten their return 
to perfect health. To this class of patients the anoint- 
ing service was a great comfort, and in the majority 
of cases was quite a factor in hastening the ultimate 
recovery of the patient. 

"The other class of patients called for the anoint- 
ing service when desperately ill. They had, at 
least to a degree, turned their faces from the help 
of this world, which seemed to be fast failing them, 
to a complete trust in the hands of God. To this class 
of patients the anointing service was uniformly help- 
ful. 

"I think it was quite natural for my patients to 
turn to God in their extremity. Not that they lost 
faith in their physician, but it seemed so natural for 
them to want to touch the hem of His garment and 
thus by the anointing sei-vice receive a great blessing. 
"I have always welcomed the call for the anoint- 
ing service, for I was practically always able to note 
great mental and spiritual uplift and in many cases 
marked physical improvement." 

Drs. Harold and Blanche Miller, Eglon, W. Va., 
husband and wife, who have practiced for eighteen 
years in a community where one-fourth of their pa- 
tients are Brethren, give this statement: "We feel 
that it is significant in physical healing in just the 
proportion that the spiritual and psychological fac- 
tors are significant in that particular case." They 
feel that this service should be more widely used 
and that ministers should continually try to make 
it more reverent and meaningful. 

In a letter received from Dr. James M. Gray 
(Presbyterian) of Thurmont, Maryland, dated May 
22, 1942, he says: "As a physician in general prac- 
tice I often note in the patient a craving for spiritual 
comfort which in members of your faith is often 
gratified by the anointing. This is very desirable, es- 
pecially so if the patient desires it. And I have seen 
cases where there was definite physical benefit de- 
rived there from. May I add my commendation and 
approval to this ordinance of your church and assure 

I 



you of my humble cooperation in this good work." 

Dr. Ernest F. Sappington, physician and surgeon 
(previously referred to), who has practiced for thir- 
ty-six years in Washington, D. C. says: "The anoint- 
ing removes fear from the patient's mind, and 
thereby certain toxic poisons are eliminated from 
the system. It puts in the place of fear a confidence, 
a faith, and a hope. It gives the patient a general 
mental boost "SA'hich reacts very favorably on the 
glands of internal secretion, such as the adrenal 
gland, the thyroid gland, and the secretions of the 
liver and pancreas. Fear of the ravages of disease 
and fear of death tend to produce a sort of paralysis 
of the entire system. When these fears are removed 
the above-mentioned glands function more normally. 
This reacts very beneficially upon the patient's phys- 
ical condition, often turning the tide in the progress 
of the disease and starting the patient on the road 
to recovery. In addition, the anointing gives the pa- 
tient a spiritual uplift and a feeling of well-being, 
which enables him to endure pain and disease. An 
efl:ective anointing is a strong ally of medical science, 
and as a physician I always favor the anointing ser- 
vice when the patient desires it and has the religious 
background to enable him to enter into it effectively." 

Dr. E. R. Miller (Baptist), at present an eye, ear, 
nose and throat specialist at Harrisonburg, Va., after 
practicing general medicine for nine years in a 
Brethren community where the anointing was fre- 
quently used, describes the effects of anointing upon 
his patients as follows : 

"Physical effect: Those that recovered showed a 
prompt improvement after the anointing service, 
perhaps more rapid than under ordinary circum- 
stances. 

"Mental effect: There was a cheerful and more 
hopeful attitude. 

"Spiritual effect : There came to the patient a peace 
that passed understanding. A spirit of resignation, 
'Not my will but thine be done,' was noted, which, 
if not expressed in words, could be read in the coun- 
tenance of the patient." 

Speaking further of the anointing service Dr. 
Miller says: "I hope it will never be discontinued. 
It seems to me that it should be taught along with 
the other great doctrines of the church. I have just 
read the scriptural authority in James 5:14-16, in 
both the King James and the Weymouth translations. 
It seems to me that the modern translation is just as 
strong." 

Is There a Conflict B.etiueen the Healing Effect 
Accompanying Anointing and Medical Science? 

There is no real conflict between anointing and 
medical science. Rather, it harmonizes with both 
psychology and medicine. Occasionally we hear of 
sudden- healing following anointing which ' baffles 
people and leads some to believe that spectacular re- 
sults are to be expected; We must be -very careful in 



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interpreting such cases. There are tjrpes of illness 
in which a rather sudden cure might be anticipated. 
One is when the difficulty is functional. A functional 
case is one in which there is nothing wrong organic- 
ally, but there is a nervous disturbance which pre- 
vents some portion of the body from functioning 
normally. In such cases we might predict a rather 
sudden cure. For example, a case was reported of a 
woman who had lost her voice and had not been able 
to speak for several months. Her first word after 
the anointing was in her natural voice. Having made 
a study of functional cases, I would expect a sudden 
cure in many cases of this type, but this should not 
lead us to expect similar results when there is a defi- 
nite physical disease, or a pronounced organic con- 
dition. The anointing service can be exceedingly val- 
uable and effective in functional cases, since those 
subject to functional disorders are likely to need the 
anchor of faith, the stabilizing influence of religion, 
and the spiritual renewal which accompanies this 
service. 

A second type of illness wherein we might expect 
a very rapid cure following the anointing is when 
the physical condition is due largely to fear, anxiety, 
resentment, a sense of guilt, or to some sin in the 
life. Fears and sins harbored in the mind do fre- 
quently influence the body so as to cause the vital 
organs to function abnormally. When the causes of 
the disease are I'emoved, then the healing process 
sets in immediately, resulting frequently in what 
may seem to be a spectacular cure. But a rapid recov- 
ery in such cases is the normal thing for us to antici- 
pate. The anointing service, with its emphasis on 
confession of sins, forgiveness, strengthening of 
faith, comforting of conscience, and getting right 
with God and man, can work wonders for restora- 
tion in this type of case. 

A third type wherein a rather sudden cure might 
be predicted is when the illness is largely an imag- 
inary one. Physicians tell us that a large per cent of 
those who call on them for treatment are suffering 
from imaginary ailments. If the mental state is im- 
proved through the anointing and the patient shifts 
his attention from himself to God and to spiritual 
things, a quick cure might be expected. An effective 
anointing is a good tonic for an unhealthy mind. Fur- 
thermore, when the symptoms of an organic condi- 
tion are greatly exaggerated by the imagination, or 
the state of mind, we might expect a very rapid im- 
provement after the anointing service. 

A fourth type of case in which there may take 
place an amazing cure following the anointing is 
when the patient has a very strong faith in God, has 
lived an unusually good life in line with God's pur- 
poses, has a dominant desire to get well, or had 
great faith in the anointing service. In such cases 
the rate of recovery may be much faster than physi- 
cians would noiTnally predict. While we should not 
expect a sudden cure, in case of a definite disease or 



an organic disorder, yet the favorable spiritual con- 
dition would be a very strong ally of nature as she 
attempts to carry on her work of healing. When the 
patient's mind and spirit are in harmony with God, 
His healing power can operate. We do not know the 
extent to which faith may aid recovery in illness, but 
both the Scriptures and our Christian experiences 
convince us that spiritual forces have far more power 
over disease than most people in our scientific age 
are willing to believe. 

When there is a definite physical disease, or a pro- 
nounced organic condition affecting certain areas of 
the body, we should expect a gradual cure, although 
accelerated in most cases by the anointing. Here the 
anointing tends to relieve fear, which in turn elimi- 
nates certain toxic poisons from the body. It arouses 
the psychological and spiritual energies, which tend 
to halt the trend of the disease, and starts the patient 
on the road toward recovery. The psychological fac- 
tors, such as fear and anxiety, and the spiritual fac- 
tors, such as a sense of guilt, resentment, unforgiven 
sins and lack of faith, may all have been working as 
enemies of nature. If fear and anxiety can be re- 
lieved and hope stimulated, if resentment can give 
place to love, if a sense of forgiveness can come into 
the patient's life, if faith can be strengthened in con- 
nection with this service, then the psychological and 
spiritual energies may become strong allies of nature 
and aid nature in doing her work more rapidly. 
These factors are very powerful in certain cases, 
more so in some than in others, The shift of the 
mental and spiritual energies from enemies of nature 
over to strong allies of nature might account in a 
large measure for the marked improvement follow- 
ing the anointing, and for the fact that recovery 
after the anointing is often more rapid than normal. 

However, this attempt at an explanation must be 
regarded as only partial and not fully adequate. Per- 
haps we as yet have a very slight understanding of 
the spiritual processes that God employs to do his 
work. The sincere prayer of a patient who has com- 
mitted himself entirely to the will of God, and the 
intercessory prayers of righteous people in his be- 
half, may set spiritual processes into operation be- 
yond what we now know, or can even imagine. We 
know that extraordinary healing does seem to take 
place at times following anointing that we cannot 
explain except as the manifestation of God's power. 
In the last analysis, all healing might be thought of 
as divine. It takes place through the laws that God, 
the Creator, has set in our being. Medicine only aids 
nature in carrying on her work more quickly and 
more effectively. Any physical, mental, or spiritual 
process that aids nature in her work of healing might 
be considered as the use of God's power. If the pa- 
tient is to be given the most favorable chance for 
recovery, all three processes must be brought into 
play in their due proportion. 

(To be continued) 



February 20, 1943 



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REEKFORCEMEHTS for Men 



Man calls sin an accident; God calls it an abomination. 

Man calls sin a blunder; God calls it blindness. 

Man calls sin a chance; God calls it a choice. 

Man calls sin a defect; God calls it a disease. 

Man calls sin an error; God calls it enmity. 

Man falls sin fascination; God calls it fatality. 

Man calls sin an infirmity; God calls it iniquity. 

Man calls sin a luxury; God calls it leprosy. 

Man calls sin a liberty; God calls it lawlessness. 

Man calls sin a trifle; God calls it a tragedy. 

Man calls sin a mistake; God calls it madness. 

Man calls sin a weakness; God calls it wilfulness. 

— Author Unknown. 



In 



Hi, 



Service 



"God never goes to the lazy or idle when He needs men for 
His service — 

MOSES was busy with his flocks at Horeb. 

GIDEON was busy threshing wheat. 

SAUL was busy searching for his father's lost beasts. 

DAVID was busy caring for his father's sheep. 

ELISHA was busy plowing with 12 yoke of oxen. 

Amos was busy following the flock. 

NEHEMIAH was busy bearing the king's cup. 

PETER and ANDREW were busy casting a net into the sea. 

JAMES and JOHN were busy mending their nets. 

MATTHEW was busy collecting customs. 

SAUL was busy persecuting the friends of Jesus." 

— The Christian Digest. 



Equipment 

Hudson Taylor thus sums up the missionary equipment. 
Every minister of the Gospel needs such: 

A life yielded to God and controlled by His Spirit. 

A sympathetic spirit and a willingness to take a lowly place. 

Tact in dealing with men and adaptability toward circum- 
stances. 

Zeal in service and steadfastness in discouragement. 

Love for communion with God and for the study of His 
Word. 

Some experience and blessing in the Lord's work. 

A healthy body and a vigorous mind.^ — Selected. 



Going to Church in Sweden 

Never before in history have so many people gone to church 
in Sweden as on Christmas of 1942, says the Stockholm cor- 
respondent of Religious News Service. 

At some churches in Stockholm people arrived in church 
as early as 3 A. M. to be assured of seats for the morning 
service. Attendances were double or triple those of other 
years. Many stood in long lines to gain admittance. 

A surge of renewed religious feeling is reported generally' 
throughout the Baltic states. — The Lutheran. 



TIMELY ADVICE 

If you are IMPATIENT, sit down quietly and talk with JOB. 
If you are just a little STRONG-HEADED, go and see MOSES. 
If you are getting WEAK-KNEED, take a good look at ELIJAH. 
If there is NO SONG in your heart, listen to DAVID. 
If you are a POLICY MAN, read DANIEL. 
If you are .getting SORDID, spend a while with ISAIAH. 

If you feel CHILLY, get the BELOVED DISCIPLE to put his arms around you. 
If your FAITH IS BELOW PAR, read PAUL. 
If you are getting LAZY, watch JAMES. 

■If you are LOSING SIGHT OF THE FUTURE, climb up the stairs of REVE- 
LATION and get a glimpse of the Promised Land — Publisher Unknown. 



Why Be Silent? 

A friend, active in the promotion of evangelism, relates the 
following: "A business man was invited to speak to a men's 
Bible class one Sunday. In his address he stressed the su- 
preme importance of Christian faith and the value of all for 
which the church stands. On Monday morning another busi- 
ness man, meeting the speaker on the street, said to him, 
'Joe, I noticed in the paper that you were going to speak to a 
men's Bible class yesterday so I went to hear what you had 
to say. I was greatly interested in your talk, but I don't be- 
lieve a thing you said and I don't believe that you believe it 
either. You and I have been neighbors in business for twenty 
years, and certainly if you value Christian faith the way you 
claimed in your speech yesterday, you would have said some- 
thing to me some time during the twenty years we have been 
neighbors.' " 

A sad commentary on our silence concerning the Christ 
Who gave all for us. — ^The Lutheran. 



It Still Works. 

A famous American preacher, a generation ago, was asked 
the secret of his success in winning such a large number of 
people every year for the Kingdom. He replied, "I always 
make it a point to speak to at least one unsaved man every 
day about his soul." There it is — in one sentence — the whole 
secret. This was Jesus' method — it worked two thousand years 
ago. It is still God's method — and it works today. Let no 
church or pastor become so busy as to forget the main busi- 
ness of Christianity — human redemption. — Selected. 



T. S. Eliot, world-famous poet and Christian leader, offers 
this definition of life: 

"In all oun lives there is the same mystery which strikes 
one in looking back — of our lives being more or less guided 
by something beyond ourselves . . . The only way in which 
I can bring this real self of mine to approach God is through 
prayer and meditation, not as a rite to be repeated, but as 
something which one hopes to understand better year by year, 
so that in a sense one can truly say that one's life is a process 
of learning to pray." 



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C. E. Topic for Young People 

fSS^- W. St Claire Benshoff 

Topic Editor 

C. E. Topic for March 7, 1943 

"THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: WHAT THEY MEAN 
TO ME" 

Scripture Lesson: Exodus 20:3-17 

For Tlie Leader 

"An obscure tribe of Egyptian slaves plunges into the 
desert to hide from pursuit, and emerges, after forty years, 
with a code gathered into 'ten words,' so brief, so complete, 
so intertwining morality and religion, so free from local or 
national peculiarities, so close fitting to fundamental duties, 
that it is today, after more than three thousand years, author- 
itative in the most enlightened peoples." — Maclaran. Other 
lawgivers of other nations have come and gone. We may 
well ask ourselves this question, "Why has the 'law of Moses' 
withstood the tests of centuries?" As young people we must 
come to the conclusion that this law has stood because "God 
spake all these words." Tonight we will do well to consider 
them carefully as a basis for rules of conduct and living. 

QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION 

1. What is the origin of all law and order in the universe? 

2. Why do people have the natural tendency to do wrong 
rather than to do good ? 

3. Should laws of behavior be repealed just because they 
are not easy to enforce? 

4. Should we goven our lives by the ten commandments? 

DISCUSSION 

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AS A WHOLE. When God's 
chosen people had separated themselves from the pagan prac- 
tices and habits of the Egyptian heathen it was necessary f ir 
Him to give them a code of living which would direct their 
attention to Him, and to Him alone. So, the commandments 
were brought forth. The first four commandments take care 
of our obligation toward God, and the last six are given as 
rules of conduct towards our fellowmen, as a result of know- 
ing God. 

Because God spoke these words, they have endured. Our 
codes of law today are founded on these words of God. The 
principles of true democracy are rooted in these commands. 
Wlierever we find justice and law and order we find the fruits 
of the ten commandments. Where ever there is lawlessness, 
dictatorship and ruin, we find the absence of this original 
code. 

While it is true that the law was perfect and no man save 
Christ has ever kept the law to a letter, it is also true that 
we are not bound by that law. We would certainly become 
discouraged if we knew that to meet God we had to obey 
every statement of the Commandments. We cannot do this 
because we are human. But Christ, perfect in His deity and 
humanity, kept the law to the very letter, and on the Cross 
made it of none effect in its relationship to us. 

Thus, while we have the ten commandments as guides and 
helps, we are not bound to obey them as such. But, we have 
a far greater law to obey. That is the law ,of love as found 



in Christ. He gives us as Christians, just two laws to obey, 
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, mind,, 
and soul, and, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." It 
stands to reason that if any person so loves God and his 
neighbor, that he will "keep" the ten commandments. Christ 
in His marvelous grace towards us gives us strength and 
help to abide by the commands which are a fundamental 
part of our Christian life. 

"THE COMMANDMENTS," MEANS THE LAW OF GOD 
TO ME. With mankind by nature more desirous to sin rather 
than to live righteously, we are at once faced with the need 
of rules which will prohibit man from doing the things he 
should not. If man himself makes the laws, the laws will 
merely control the sins he desires to commit. When God 
makes the laws. He does not control, but forbids. A close look 
at the ten commandments will show that there is not one 
of them which controls the conduct of man partially. They 
forbid him doing that which he should not. 

When God says. Thou shalt, or thou shalt not. He does not 
mean that we are to do that only partially. It means 100% 
obedience. This is the difference between God's laws and man's 
laws. When it comes to a test, all of us will want to be 
governed by the righteous laws of God rather than the laws 
of man. 

"THE TEN COMMANDMENTS," MEANS ORDER AND 
REASON IN LIFE TO ME. Our present year serves as a 
tragic illustration of what lawlessness, hate, lust and sin 
can do to mankind. With idolatry, immorality, stealing, lying, 
child disobedience, drunkenness, greed and war, we have a 
graphic picture of "rule without thought of God. What we 
have today is sinful man's conception of law. Where we see 
the law of God in operation, such as in the universe, the sea- 
sons, day and night, w'e see reason and order. So it is in our 
lives when we let the law of the love of Christ operate in 
our hearts. Then our lives will show forth in righteousness 
which comes from God. Our living will mean something to 
us which is far above the tumult of sin and strife. 

"THE TEN COMMANDMENTS," MEANS PERFECTION 
TO ME. As we look closely to the ten commandments we see 
they are a code of perfect laws. If we could keep them all 
exactly as they are written, we would be perfect young peo- 
ple. If any of us believe we can keep any one of them for a 
whole day, let us pick our choice and start in. Soon we shall 
see what a difficult task we have before us. We do not say 
this to discourage, but to point out that we have need of a 
power which is greater than ourselves. That power is in 
Christ. 

We hold the ten commandments as a goal of living, to be 
aimed at with the idea of attainment. No better code of living 
can be found. In taking the commandments individually we 
will find enough incentive to keep us striving for the rest of 
our natural lives. 

The reason we cannot keep the commandments perfectly, 
is because as Christians we have our converted spirit en- 
tombed in a sinful body of flesh. That is why Christ gave us 
the simplified commandments of "loving God with all we 
have" and "loving our neighbor as much as we love our- 
selves." And with His grace, we can keep these command- 
ments. 

The popular sentiment today seems to be that if a law 
cannot be kept, to repeal it. Sunday blue laws, for example. 
Nothing is farther from the truth. Such laws were made to 
prohibit evil living. And even though may may err, yet the 
laws should stand as ideals with which to govern our lives. 
So we have the ten commandments as ideals which should be 



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held before us as detailed directions on living for God and 
with others. 

BIBLE QUIZ ON THE TOPIC 

1. By what two laws are Christians commanded to live? 
Matt. 22:34-40. 

2. What can we do when we unwillingly break one of the 
laws of living? 1 Corinthians 10:13; John 2:1. 

3. What is the penalty for those who disobey and break 
the laws of "God? 2 Chronicles 36:16; Rev. 21:8; Rev. 22:15. 



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Department 

Mrs. Loretta Carrithers 
Superintendent 



Dear Children: 

Have you ever been around when they feed animals ? I have 
been, and remember it yet. There in a long, low house were 
rows of cages with iron bars in front and guard rails to 
keep people at a safe distance. On one side were cages of 
the tigers and the lions. On the other there were leopards and 
hyenas, a big pool vi^here the hippopotamus wallowed in the 
water, and a small pool where there was a little seal. 

Presently there was such a noise as you never heard and 
m came a man with a whole wheelbarrow load of raw meat. 
The little seal barked and squealed and made more noise 
than almost anything. The hyena howled, the leopards sprang 
back and forth behind their bars and snarled and showed 
their teeth, and the big lions opened their mouths and roared. 
There the lions and the Mrs. Lions, and they all roared to- 
gether. One of them was named Helenn — her name was on 
the cage, and that is the way I knew it — and she roared the 
worst of all. When the man brought the meat in front of 
their cages and took big pieces of it and flung it through 
the bars, what do you suppose they did then ? Do you sup- 
pose they politely waited their turn, and each one took a 
piece of meat as it came? They did not. They grabbed for 
it with their big paws, and snatched it as it came through 
the bars. Helen jumped clear over the back of another lion 
to get at a piece which she saw coming, and when she had 
seized it she went off to a comor of the cage, snarling, to 
eat it by herself. 

No one could help thinking what peculiar manners there 
were in the animal family. There did not seem to be any 
politeness at all. 

I wonder if some boys and girls I know of have learned 
their manners from the lions, because it does seem as though 
they had habits like them. Do you know any little boy who 
when the waffles come in for breakfast wants to take two for 
himself the very first helping and the other two for the rest 
of the family? Have you seen any little girls who when the 
chicken comes on commence to clamour for the white meat 
and want to know if they cannot be helped first ? And who do 
you know who, when they go into a room, pick out for them- 
selves the softest chair and sit do^vn before anybody else? 
Don't you think that they have learned menagerie manners ? 



But all are not like that, and nobody needs to be like that, 
for, after all, the other way is much nicer. You can recall the 
beautiful story of the soldier, who was lying wounded on 
the battle field and some one brought him a cup of water. 
He would not take it, but directed that it should be given to 
another soldier who lay wounded beside him. He said, "His 
needs are worse than mine." He did not think of his wounds, 
but of the other ones first. 

There are fine words in one of St. Paul's letters where he 
speaks of people "in honour preferring one another." Paul 
meant that all, should think of the welfare of others first, and 
not satisfy their own greed first. To do this is to live like the 
soldier upon the field of battle. It is to have the manners of 
Christians, and the mind of Christ. 

With love, in Christ's name. 

Aunt Loretta. 

STRENGTH THROUGH WEAKNESS 

A pillow of stones on a lonely hill, 

A bush in a desert bleak, 
A cloud the size of a prophet's hand, 
A captive maid in a Syrian land, 
A mustard seed, or a grain of sand — 
When the Father wishes to speak — 
Have voices whose echoes are ringing still. 
The poorest of vessels perform his will. 
For his glory he chooses the meek, 
And the things men despise 
Seem the pride of his eyes 
As he perfects his strength through the weak. 

—J. S. Fisher. 



WRITTEN-FOR LIFE 

How carelessly we strew 
Vain words about the ordered book 
Which constitutes our lives. 
Upon each page too few 
The fine and noble thoughts. 
Too heartlessly we strive 
To decorate the empty page 
With careless gaudy chatter. 
Shallow as the pool. 
Until we find that age has come 
And gathered up our years too soon 
And we, poor thoughtless fools, 
See how our bablings are writ 
In weakest ink. Lord, 
Guide the starved souls of men 
To write in crimson blood a bit 
Of truth upon their book of life; 
A vital tale of love and God, again. 

Let every word breathe out 
Fresh hope, new dreams and faith. 
As vast as yonder sea; 
Each day a page where doubt 
Can find no space, 
And at the finis — 

They find thee. 

— K. Stevenson Shaffer, in The Messenger. 



The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous 
to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democ- 
racy. — Montesquieu, Spirit of Laws. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



'•HE CARETH FOR ME'' 

Yes, leave it with Him; 
The lilies all do, 
And they grow — 
They grow in the rain, 

And they grow in the dew — 
Yes, they grow: 
They grow in the darkness, all hid in the night;' 
They grow in the sunshine, revealed by the light; 
Still they grow. 

They ask not your planting; 
They need not your care, 
As they grow — 
Dropped down in the valley. 
The field, anywhere, 
There they grow; 
They grow in their beauty arrayed in pure white; 
They grow clothed in glory by heaven's own light, 
Sweetly grow. 

The grasses are clothed 
And the ravens are fed 
From His store; 
But you who are loved 
And guarded and led, 
How much more 
Will He clothe you, and feed you, and give you His care! 
Then leave it with Him; He has everywhere 
Ample store. 

Yes, leave it with Him; 

'Tis more dear to His heart. 
You will know. 
Than the lilies that bloom 
Or the flowers that start 
'Neath the snow 
Whatever the need, if you seek it in prayer. 
You can leave it with Him — for you are His care. 
You, you know. 

— E. B. Miner. 




Is life worth living? No, if you are merely 

Intent that it shall minister to you. 
Intent that it shall be to you a something 

Subservient to all you please to do. 
Is life worth living? Yes, a thousand times 

If self is lost in One Who claims your all. 
If His grand will absorbs your many wishes, 

If His grand heart enwraps your being small. 

If other lives for His dear sake you brighten, 

If other woes you strive, for Him, to heal, 
If mysteries too deep you leave with meekness 

Until the Master shall their depths reveal. 
Then life will prove a friend to crown you richly, 

A catalog of blessings in disguise, 
A hope within, a hope expanding daily, 

A sunlit passage to a glorious prize. — Anon. 

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TOMORROW 



The mystery of tomorrow 
Is shed like a mantle, 
And the rising sun 
Ushers in today! 



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PRAYER 

Be not afraid to pray — to pray is right. 
Pray, if thou canst, with hope; but ever pray, 
Though hope be weak, or sick with long delay; 
Pray in the darkness, if there be no light. 

Far is the time, remote from human sight. 
When war and discord of the earth shall cease; 
Yet every prayer for universal peace. 
Avails the blessed time to expedite. 

Whate'er is good to wish, ask that of Heaven, 
Though it be what thou canst not hope to see : 
Pray to be perfect, though material leaven 
Forbid the Spirit so on earth to be; 

But if for any wish thou dar'st not pray, 
Then pray to God to cast that wish away. 

— Hartley Coleridge. 



Today- 
Fresh from the hand of God for you, for me! 
Today— 

With its chance to play a part 
Of hope and courage 
That yesterday 
We said we would play tomorrow. 

But today is nearly gone. 

And we haven't done what we said we would. 

Instead, 

We have played the part of intolerance and greed. 

Of selfishness, or hate — 

Of failure to reach out toward a noble goal. 

Bitterly we look back upon today — 

Then, hopefully forward 

Where faith and courage are 

Because the rising sun 

Will usher in another chance 

To play a glorious part. 

And to take from the hand of God 

His everlasting gift — Tomorrow! 

— Dorothy Jean Rose. 



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Vol. LXV, No. 9 



February 27, 1943 





rO BRING US BACK 

Our war- torn hearts are dripping grief; 
Lord, lift the smoke-screen from the ,sky 
That we may see with clearer eye; 
Make strong our faith — beyond belief. 

Hold fast our hands, Lord ; guide us through 
This black-as-night Gethsemane. 
sad, indeed, all this must be — 
To bring us home again to You ! 

Annabelle Merrifield 




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September 3, 1928, 



CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 

Putting the World Together-nEditorial— F. C. V. . , 
Our Duty to Aid Our Aged Ministers and Widows — 

Rev. J. Wesley Piatt 

A Brethren Obligation — Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire 
The Educational Task— No. 3. The Theological 

Reflection — Rev. Frank Gehman 

I Go To a Christian Science Prayer Meeting — 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 

With the Laymen 

C. E. News 

Henry Rinehart Passes Away 

Publication Day Roll of Honor 

Standard of Excellence for Brethren Sunday Schools 

100% Churches 

Christian Endeavor Topic for March 14, 1943 

Our Children's Department 

Recall To Righteousness — Rev. Wm. C. Kernan .... 

Prayer Meeting Department 

The Tax On Not-Giving 

Laid to Rest 

News From Our Churches 



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INTERESTING ITEMS 



AT THE REQUEST OF PROF. M. A. STUCKEY the re- 
production of The Standard of Excellence for Brethren Sun- 
day Schools will be found on the Sunday School page of this 
issue. Read it and see if your Sunday School is measuring 
up to the standards which are set by your National Sunday 
School Association. 

A LETTER FROM BROTHER A. T. WIRICK, containing 
the renewal of his Evangelist subscription, tells us that he 
has recovered, partially at least, from his illness and is again 
teaching his Men's Bible Class in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

ANOTHER "SHEAF" OF BULLETINS has joined our 
fast growing list of Brethren weekly church calendars. This 
time it is from Brother Smith F. Rose, pastor of our Roann, 
Indiana, Church. Perusal of these bulletins tells us that the 
Roann Church is very busy. 

AS WE GO FURTHER THROUGH THE PILE OF BUL- 
LETINS we find that Washington, D. C. also has joined our 
ranks of "Bulletin Senders." Brother Clarence S. Fairbanks 
is the pastor of this church. We were interested in this para- 
graph from one of them: 

"There will soon be news in The Brethren Evangelist that 
you will want to read. Be sure that it comes to your home 
each week by giving your subscription to Miss Mary Ruth 
Fields today. Let's get The Evangelist into every Brethren 
home represented in our church." 

That is the spirit of practically all the churches today. 
Keep the subscriptions coming. 

FROM THE BULLETIN OF THE GOSHEN, INDIANA, 
CHURCH, of which Brother H. H. Rowsey is the pastor, we 
glean this interesting paragraph from the issue of February 

7th: 

"The decorators will begin work this week on the nineteen 
rooms of our church plant remaining to be painted. This rep- 
resents about one-third of our re-decorating program and 
wi'll complete the project." Congratulations, Goshen. 

THE DAYTON, OHIO, BULLETINS show that since the 
church has been dedicated that there is a pretty steady flow 
of activities in that place. Gifts of various sorts have been 
accumulating since the great event and no doubt the church 
will soon be well equipped in every way. 

THE MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS, CHURCH, pastored 
by Brother S. Clair BenshofF, is trying out the "Merged Serv- 
ice" at the evening hour, according to their Bulletin. The 
Christian Endeavor has charge of the service from 7:00 to 
7:30, after which time the pastor takes over with the time 
of the message. This is worth trying in many churches. 

By the way, we wish to apologize to Brother W. C. Ben- 
shoif, pastor of the Waterloo, Iowa, Church for crediting him 
with the Christian Endeavor topics a couple of weeks ago. In 
the setting of new head this was done and Brother St. Clair 
Benshoff, who is the author, also the son of Brother W. C, 
called our attention to it. We do not, however, believe that 
Brother W. C. Benshoif will hold too great a grudge against 
us, for the Son's writings each week are appreciated over the 
brotherhood. 



DR. L. E. LINDOWER, OF THE ASHLAND THEOLOGI-_ 
CAL SEMINARY, is in Elkhart, Indiana, this week, deliver-i 
ing a series of Bible lectures. If 




EDITORIALS 



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PUTTING THE WORLD TOGETHER 

Two weeks ago, Dr. Russel V. Bolinger, Head of 
the Department of Psj'chology of Ashland College, 
told the following story as a preface for his address 
at the Annual Father and Son Banquet at the Ash- 
land Brethren Church. 

A little girl restlessly roamed from chair to chair 
about the i-oom, pausing periodically at her father's 
side to ask some question or make some remark that 
interrupted the father's reading of the evening pa- 
per. 

In order to get a little peace, the father took a 
magazine page which contained a map of the world 
and cut it into small pieces after the manner of the 
again popular jig saw puzzle. Handing it to the small 
daughter, he said, "Here, put this together, and then 
come and show daddy." 

In an incredibly short time she came back with it 
all put together. Astonished, the father exclaimed, 
"Why how did you get it together so soon?" To which 
the small child gave this significant reply, "Why 
daddy, that was easy. I found the picture of a man 
on the other side and when I got the man put to- 
gether right, the world was all right." 

An Analogy 

From the above sentence, so aptly spoken by a 
little child, we can very fittingly draw an illustra- 
tion true to the present-day situation in which we 
find ourselves. The world has been cut to pieces to- 
day. We are tiying to put it together again. It has 
tbeen cut into pieces according to a well ordered plan, 
by those who thought to divert the attention of the 
remainder of the world-inhabitants from that which 
the originators of this world conflict had in mind and 
the real purpose behind it all. We are told to look 
on the "cut up" world side of the matter, but, trust- 
ing in our gullibility the pieces are handed to us with 
no thought that we can piece them together again 
tin time to interrupt those things which the dictators 
if the so-called "New Order" are attempting to foist 
m the entire world. They rather purposed that we be 
kept so busy that we might have no time to investi- 
gate the other side of the picture or the real pur- 
poses behind it all. 

The Picture on the Other Side 

I We believe that the solution now, as ever, lies on 
■he other side of the picture — the picture of man, a 
nan — yes, even the Son of Man. 



We are not told in the story who the man on the 
other side of the world map was. It may have been 
a particular man or even a representative man. But 
in the man was found the key to the reconstruction 
of the world. That is what we are hearing so much 
about today — the reconstruction of the post-war 
world. It will be a case of putting it together again. 

Two Approaches 

Let us approach the thought we have in mind from 
both the particular and the general. 

1. Particular .' ' 

On the other side of the world map stands a "par- 
ticular" individual. He stands out so boldly that there 
is no one that cannot recognize Him if he wishes 
and pauses to do so. For if we are interested in re- 
mapping the world, we must realize that no map 
that can be made will be worth while unless the Lord. 
Jesus Christ is behind it all. No world can be stabil- 
ized without Him ; no government can properly func- 
tion without Him ; and no people can build a world 
that is in anywise safe, apart from His help and 
guidance. And, no matter what the outcome. He must 
be considered in whatever peace is made, or the re- 
sult can only be a repetition of that which followed 
the attempts to outlaw war in 1918, the result of 
which we now see. ' 

■ • 2. General . ■ - , - -» 

It goes without saying that if man is put together 
"right," that the world is bound to be right. We say 
this in its best sense. But let us forever forget the 
idea of a mere social uplift plan of putting man to- 
gether. It takes more than that. It is not a head-so- 
lution that we need to this problem — it is a "Heart- 
solution." 

In other words this thing that we face, not merely 
as a nation, but as a whole world, cannot be settled 
merely by a triumph of arms. It goes far deeper into 
society than that. Something drastic needs to be done 
with the heart-needs of man. He needs to be really 
"put together." 

And here is where the church comes in. Here is a 
real opportunity to make a new world, a world that 
will give opportunity for the preaching of the Gospel 
of Christ; of the spreading of a Gospel to be "told 
to the nations ;" of Christianity being "lived" and not 
merely taught. There has been far too much of that. 
Men will willingly follow a life that is really lived 
for the Master. F. C. V. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Our Duty to Aid Our 
Aged Ministers and Widows 

Rev. J. Wesley Piatt 

Probably the first problem to be solved in relation 
to this subject is persuasion of one's self that there 
is a God-ordained duty towards the aged. When once 
I am persuaded that God in His Word has placed this 
responsibility upon me, then the fulfillment from 
there becomes comparatively simple. There can be 
no question about the ability to meet a divine obliga- 
tion. When God imposes what we call a charge upon 
any of us, He also provides the means and method of 
meeting that charge. The promises of God are "yea 
and amen" to them that believe! In Deut. 32:9, we 
read that "the Lord's portion is His people." I believe 
that in the hands of His children God adequately pro- 
vides for the meeting of every obligation towards 
Himself and the perfonnance of His will. 

Suppose, for instance, that every Christian would 
return to his Lord, the Lord's portion. Do you think 
all the so-called propaganda would be necessary for 
the successful carrying on of every work that is His? 
I am sure there is more than enough for all, and 
plenty to spare. But we have such difficulty in per- 
suading ourselves that we ought to do what we ought. 
I cannot understand why so many of His children 
do not respond to Him in His call for devoted and 
consecrated giving. People seem to rather see their 
money go up in smoke and wasted in the ways of the 
world, which in the very nature of things are all 
anti-God and anti-Christ and anti-Spirit, and anti- 
church. It is a positive shame. 

I am sure our aged ministers who have conscien- 
tiously served their Lord and their widows who have 
really been the kind of help that ministers' wives 
should be, should never be left without consideration, 
and I am also sure that God will not forsake them in 
the sunset of life. 

Therefore, as far as the ministry of aid to our 
aged ministers and widows is concerned, we have a 
definite responsibility towards them from our 
Heavenly Father, and in our possession, by His Gra- 
cious Provision, is all their material help. So let us 
put it to His account and let it be used in meeting 
real needs and thank God for the pleasure it affords. 
If we don't we will lose it all in some way that 
couldn't possibly bring gladness and joy to faithful 
servants of His. 

Why not make this year one of our best in support 
of the Benevolence of our Church? What do you say? 

Ripon, Calif. 



A Brethren Obligation 

Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire 

The last few years have brought about many 
changes in our country. There have been changes 
in government, in economics and in society in gen- 
eral. New theories have been formulated by leaders 
in various fields. As these new theories were ushered 
in, old ones were pushed out to give room and free- 
dom to the operation of the new. Thus new insti- 
tutions are replacing old ones. I speak specifically of 
the institutions for the aged, for they have been 
de-emphasized as the new theories have gone down 
the national slide of experimentation. 

We, as Brethren, with our conservative thinking 
have not yet entirely embraced the new theories of 
caring for our aged. We may be convinced sooner or 
later that the individual can be adequately cared for 
when he grows old, through his early cooperation 
with the pension program of his country. We may 
sometime accept such a program in its entirety. But 
over and above that, as a Church, we are not exactly 
willing to relinquish to anyone the obligation we feel 
is ours, namely that of caring for our elderly laymen 
and ministers. As a rule our ministers and wives es- 
pecially, do not end their ministry rich in the pos- 
sessions of this world. In fact most of them have 
had scarcely enough to live on comfortably. Certain- 
ly when they have given their lives for the blessed 
Church which is our Church, we can see that they 
are well cared for when they are no longer able toi 
serve. Our sense of gi'atitude compels us to make pro-l 
vision for those who have served so faithfully. It is 
our moral obligation. We are standing by it. We shall 
continue to stand by it, I am sure, though we may of 
necessity change our methods. , 

At present we are operating rather successfully, 
the Brethren Home at Flora, Indiana. It is well 
equipped to care for our aged. While it is not filledi 
to capacity, it is available to those who feel inclined 
to accept its comforts. The management under whicbi 
it operates is beyond reproach and the Benevolent 
Board which directs its operations, should be highly; 
commended. It has been a "Haven of Rest" for manjj 
in years gone by and continues to be for those whc 
go there now. 

How wonderful, you say, that we have made sucl 
thoughtful provision for our elderly brethren. But dc 
you really mean it? A weightier evidence of you] 
jubilant approval will be shown in your willingnesi:! 
to help support the Board that directs such provij 
sions. That, I am sure, is your intention. Brethrenll 
these days, cannot be otherwise it seems. The lav;j 
of generous giving has burned its way into thei' 
hearts. Their devotion to Christ has impelled ther-l 



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to a sincere service for Him. May it be so with Breth- 
ren Benevolences, this year. 

— New Lebanon, Ohio. 

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Words of Appreciation 

Denver, Ind. 

To the members and friends of the Brethren Church: 

I am writing this to show our appreciation for the fine way 
the BENEVOLENCE BOARD has treated us and for the 
fine way the churches have supported this work with their 



splendid gifts. It means a lot when you are ill and are assured 
of receiving your check every month. We want to thank every 
one that will have a part in this offering this year. 

There is a verse in the BIBLE that says, "Cast your bread 
upon the waters and after many days it will return to you." 
We believe that with all our hearts, and we are sure that 
God will bless every one that gives to this worthy cause, and 
in some way you will receive many blessings. 

We want to thank the dear women of the W. M. S. for 
their part in this worthy cause. They have given of their 
offerings to this cause for many years. 

Yours in "Jesus' Name," 

Rev. and Mrs. M. L. Sands 



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The Educational Task 

No. 3 

The Theological Reflection 



Rev. Frank Gehman 



Current theology did not escape the influence of the mod- 
ern trend in education and learning. Instead it bent itself 
very readily to prevalent influences in the field of what passed 
as the highest learning of the day. Its emphases underwent 
rapid and drastic changes in sweeping fashion. Instead of 
being the influencer, it became the influenced. It surrendered 
its leadership in the shaping of the thinking of men to be 
itself shaped by that thinking. It quit leading and turned 
to being led. It ceased being master and became, instead, pu- 
pil. To many this was a good and welcome sign. To others it 
was nothing less than an apostacy from the faith, a betrayal 
of trust and a sure indication that human philosophy was 
well on its way to supplant Divine revelation in much pro- 
fessedly Christian thinking and preaching. 

Biblical theology, as an objective reality, can never change. 
That is to say that the teaching of revelation never, in itself, 
changes. The Word of God is established and is unalterable. 
But by "theology" we usually mean the conception of God and 
the understanding of Him which men have at any given time. 
Theology, in that sense, is far from a fixed thing. Its form 
is shaped very much by the human interpretation of revela- 
tion at any given time. The human interpretation is likely to 
be widely affected by existent conditions and current thinking. 
Though the revelation never changes, men's thinking and cir- 
cumstances experience many changes and his attitude toward 
the Divine varies from time to time with his changing concept 
of life. His understanding and appreciation of God are closely 
associated with his understanding and appreciation of life. 
' When the learning of the day broadly accepted as scientific 
fact mechanistic and quasi-mechanistic explanations of the 
universe and its phenomena, and theology took its cue, not 



from the Book of God, but from the text books of the physical 
sciences, a radical change was in order. Modern mechanistic 
concepts of life and experience arose in the field of the physi- 
cal sciences. Our amazing and very real scientific advance- 
ment during the scientific age has been almost totally in 
the field of physical sciences. This gave men a wholly new 
view of life and being. The new knowledge was basically 
physical and material. It was inevitable that if theology were 
now to follow this new learning, the changing theology would 
move in the direction of physical and material concepts. And 
this is precisely what it did. 

Theology is the knowledge and study of God. God is per- 
sonality and spirit. Theology, therefore, by the very nature 
of the case, is first of all spiritual. When "Christian" theology 
began to follow current learning in the direction the physical 
sciences had taken, it substituted a physical for the spiritual 
base and began to explain the spiritual in terms of the phys- 
ical and material rather than explaining the physical in terms 
of the spiritual. It became an anamoly, a contradiction of 
itself. The pagan's "theology" is pagan because he has no 
revelation of God and so has to build up his understanding of 
Him from the world of his own experience (mostly physical) 
and from the imaginings of his own mind. This he blends 
with a generous amount of superstition. But Christian theol- 
ogy has revelation, and it explains the physical in the light 
of the God of revelation. However, when "Christian" theol- 
ogy moves over to the plans of the pagan, and even though 
having a large knowledge of the physical world seeks the 
explanation of all things in the light of the physical, it be- 
comes itself pagan. In our day we have seen this process 
going forward and the resultant philosophy still calling itself 
"Christian theology." And many, without examining for them- 
selves the lack of merit in the claim, have accepted it at its 
own evaluation. 

Science observes phenomena and seeks to correlate them 
with each other and with known facts. Human intelligence 
is essential to this process. Without the human mind having 
set itself to this task, we should know comparatively little of 
the world in which we live. The business of science is legiti- 



mate. Its methods, if not honest, are not scientific. However, 
errors are bound to arise. Facts are facts, and cannot be 
interpreted; they can only be accepted. But where the facts 
are uncertain, or the correct correlation of the phenomena 
is unkno\vn, the mind must move toward likely conclusions, 
and so theories are born. Theories may be either right or 
wrong. Time and sufficient facts alone will show which in 
any given case. Men do not create facts; they discover them, 
and the human mind is the prism in the scientific process 
through which the light of knowledge passes to some time 
fall, when all error is done, into the eternal spectrum of 
truth. Science works from the bottom upward. 

Christian theology deals with Divine revelation. The Chris- 
tian revelation is from God. It came from Him to man with- 
out dependence upon human intelligence. It moves from the 
top downward. Science is not the fact, but rather the knowl- 
edge of the fact. Likewise, Christian theology is not the 
Christian revelation, but rather the knowledge of the revela- 
tion. Science errs where its knowledge is incomplete and/or 
its conclusions wrong. Theology errs where its knowledge of 
revelation is incomplete and/or its conclusions wrong. Yet 
Christian theology is twice superior to science. First, it deals 
■with the spiritual first, and understands the physical in the 
light of that. Science reverses the process. Second, Christian 
theology starts with God and moves toward His handiwork. 
Science starts with what it knows of His handiwork and 
endeavors to move toward the Original Cause. There is over- 
whelming opportunity here for error in knowing God. Yet 
despite the superiority of the truly Christian theological pro- 
cess and the obvious danger in seeking to know God through 
the physical scientific process, theologians in large numbers 
adopted the process in use in the scientific field. 

Such theological approach required revelation to pass 
through the prism of the human mind any seeming error 
of the spectrum was attributed, not to a flaw of the prism, 
but to error in the revelation. Thus the human mind, with 
whatever knowledge it possessed, became the final court of 
appeal for all things, even for those of God and revelation. 
What did not seem "rational" or reasonable to the mind was 
rejected as error. All Scripture was submitted to this ration- 
alizing test. Miracles had to go because they did not accord 
with the existent knowledge of the functioning of the physical 
laws of the universe. The supernatural was not explainable 
in the light of physical science, so it was called superstition. 
God became — in eff'ect — not the Creator, but the creature of 
His universe. The methods of physical science were every- 
where applied to the spiritual realm by these advocates of 
the "new" theology. Everything was explained in the light 
of "natural" law, no matter what injustice was done to reve- 
lation or what violence to faith. In fact, "faith" itself became 
knowledge, knowledge of all things in the light of scientific 
discovery. This rationalizing process is what is generally 
meant by the word "modernism." It is the submission of all 
truth of revelation to the test of what appears rational or 
reasonable to the human mind in the light of scientific ad- 
vancement. 

Seminaries and theological institutions became honey- 
combed with the process. Old landmarks were cast down and 
new ones hastily erected. The chief pursuit of many theolo- 
gians came to be the the endeavor to find some "rational" or 
"natural" explanation of much that had before been accepted 
by faith as supernatural and miraculous. The new theology 
reduced the Bible to an historical record the value of which 
rested in its historical lessons for man. God was deposed from 
His throne as Absolute Monarch. Jesus Christ was brought 
down to the level of a good man, all because there was no 
place for the supernatural or miraculous in the new order, 
and because everything must be "explained." It is not neces- 
sary to trace the course of this new order further. It adopted, 
necessarily, in part or in toto, the mechanistic theories of 



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the world, but tried to retain some semblance of a God, albeit, 
a much reduced God. In many cases it came to be, and re- 
mains, a cultured paganism with Christian morals and ethics. 
Many Christian schools became avid propagators of the new 
interpretation. 

In the meantime the world of secular education was draw- 
ing farther and farther away from the sphere of "outmoded" 
spiritual and Biblical things. In the early steps of this pro- 
gression it had the aid and blessing of the new theology 
which, too, wished to "throw oflf the old shackles of supersti- 
tion" and to be free. Institutions which have been founded and 
endowed for the propagation of Biblical Christianity were 
captured for the new learning, disregardful of the expressed 
wishes of the founders. Whence once waters from the sweet 
springs of inspiration had flowed now came forth the turgid 
waters of disbelief and lost faith. Waters of Marah were 
they. The tentacles of the neo-paganism embraced the pro- 
fessorial, and then the student mind, and the Bible became an 
intellectual dissecting-room "stiff" instead of a Divinely au- 
thorative canon. The alarming encroachment of the new 
paganism and much of the slipping hold of the Church upon 
the modern mind is directly traceable to churchly and theo- 
logical (mis) use of the Scriptural revelation. "Behold, your 
house is left unto you desolate: and I say unto you. Ye shall 
not see me, until ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh 
in the name of the Lord." 

Of the effect and nature of this trend Joseph Seiss has 
written as follows in his book entitled "Voices from Babylon": 
"Men call it a liberalizing spirit, a spirit of improvement, 
which would change our Christian schools and colleges into 
mere secular gymnasiums and scientific museums or artistic 
studios and literary athenaeums; but it is a spirit which is 
prone to treat the Holy Scriptures as mere human lucubra- 
tions of worthy men before the ages of better light, ration- 
alize away all the definite doctrines of the authorized creed 
into mere scholastic or philosophical theorems, dissolve the 
sacraments into picturesque symbolisms and visionary shad- 
ows without life or power, and dismantle the ministry and 
services of the Church as if they never had a solid right to 
be regarded as the appointment of very God for conveying 
and imparting to lost man the regenerating, sanctifying and 
only restorative gifts of Jehovah's grace. It is the spirit of 
Antichrist." 

But the Lord has never been without a faithful remnant; 
no night has been so dark but that the light glowed some- 
where; no time, so boundlessly pagan but that revelation was 
revered and trusted and believed by some. At no time during 
the rise and present seeming triumph of the new paganism 
has God been without His faithful witnesses, nor will He ever 
be without them. Faithful voices have been lifted, often alone, 
from pulpit and pew, in secular classrooms and in theological 
seminaries, in public and in private, warning against the 
deep subtilties of Satan and upholding the eternal trustworthi- j 
ness of the Holy Scriptures. Many times they have been asj 
voices crying in the wilderness, but God honors their testi- 
mony. The plea of this writer is that we shall be awake to 
what has taken place and that we shall energetically oppose 
the wrong and vigorously support the right. Lukewarmness 
damns the average Christian today to continual fruitlessness. 
The modern paganism entrenched itself rapidly and thorough 
ly by capturing a large portion of the educational system, 
both secular and religious. Its bitter life failure is openly 
patent. As the Church loves her Lord and values her com 
mission, she must arise and shake herself awake and mee' 
the present crisis in the power of the Spirit with an actively; 
prosecuted program of Biblical evangelism and Christian edu-i 
cation. The Church must revive an evangelistic and crusading 
spirit that knows no halfway measures. "Ye shall not feal 
them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you." 



February 27, 1943 




Editorial Comment 



/ 



Go To a Christian Science Prayer Meeting 



Dr. Charles A. Bame 



I was in a great American city on Wednesday eve- 
ning with no particular place to go and no particu- 
lar thing to do save to respect my habit of going to a 
mid-week service. The one nearest to me on this par- 
ticular night was but three squares away. Not know- 
ing the exact hour set for the meeting, I came thirty 
minutes early; but interesting things were happen- 
ing and I was being entei'tained quite unconsciously. 
Two others were also early and also an usher, nattily 
dressed, stood smiling near the door to welcome me. 
"Just go to the basement to check your coat," he said, 
and followed me to do it since, as he supposed, the 
check-man had not yet arrived. Soon two other 
ushers came and like trained soldiers walked to the 
center of the church, wheeled on their heels and with 
heads erect and noses out, facing the doors, awaited 
the coming of the worshippers. Soon I was not one 
of three, for others were coming early, most of them 
walking spritely and all men receiving the same 
orders to check their wraps in the basement room. 
Quietly, reverently, without commotion, talking, 
greeting or whispering, all took their seats to the 
number of around one hundred and twenty-five. All 
was quiet, worshipful and orderly. 

The building was of the distinct Colonial type of 
architecture, with the usual tall steeple, rectangular, 
box-shaped auditorium, with level floor and even 
ceiling; clean as a pin and as plain as it could well 
be made. The pulpit was well elevated, rather higher 
than most of them are, and the piano and pianist on 
another elevation back, nearly half the height of the 
auditorium. The atmosphere was reverential, cheer- 
ful and elevating. 

At seven-forty-five the pianist entered her alcove 
up and back of the pulpit and began to play classical 
music and near about the same time two other 
ushers. The foi-mer two turned and walked to near 
the front row of seats and the last two took their 
places near the middle, all with the most precise or- 
der and dignity. Promptly at eight, the Reader en- 
tered the pulpit and without a call to worship or any 
other sort of introduction, formally announced the 
first hymn and all stood to sing. This was followed 
by the "Our Father" or Lord's Prayer, when all sat 
down. The Pveader then said, "I will now read from 
the Bible." He read in a well intoned voice from the 
New Testament, several selected sections and then 



said, "I will now read from the Old Testament," and 
he read two selected Psalms and then he returned to 
the New and read another portion — altogether quite 
much reading of the Bible. (He did not use the term 
Scripture or Word of God.) That finished, he said 
again, "I will now read the comments from our text- 
book, 'Science and Health with Key to the Scrip- 
tures,' by Mary G. Baker Eddy." And I should guess 
that it took about as much time as the other reading. 
The people listened with evident attention to it all 
with silence and devotion, sparing all emotion or 
other demonstration. The quietude was strangely no- 
ticeable to one more or less unused to it, but it was 
blessed to feel and beautiful to behold. 

That finished, another song was announced, the 
congregation again stood and sang and again sat 
down, when the Reader said something about the 
example of the Mother Church at Boston of which 
this is a branch, at this stage ofifering the opportunity 
for any to testify concerning healing or the benefits 
of Christian Science. Three or four women and one 
man responded rather listlessly and without zest or 
much enthusiasm. Each of them talked of the bene- 
fits of Christian Science and I believe, none of the 
blessings of Christ whose name was sparingly used. 
One told how, by the power of mind over matter, her 
automobile was saved from fire though in a "shack," 
while several others were burned to ruin in a brick 
garage. Another told of the restoration of a five dol- 
lar bill lost over night, found loosely on top of a snow 
drift in her front yard the next morning and also 
of the restoration of a diamond dropped in a crowd 
and picked up by a man who came and asked her if 
it might be hers. Another war-worker lady told how 
she took a curved piece of steel from her eye after 
the day's work had been finished and how it hurt 
her only for the bit of time she yielded her mind to 
error, while she thought it hurt. It was mighty proof 
(to them) of the power of a human to save one's self 
and their possessions by the power of mind. The 
power of mind over matter ! All very miraculous, but 
not to them. "I did it, not Christ," was my reaction 
to their testimony. In this I felt greatly grieved; I 
had believed that their testimony would have done 
better for my Lord Jesus Christ. All this took all but 
about seven minutes they allowed themselves for the 
service. Another song; no benediction — and all was 



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done for the evening. No welcome; no promiscuous 
greetings. 

Now the lessons to be gathered are so evident that 
I leave them to my readers, save to continue some 
observations not in the above. 

1. The quietude and punctuality left nothing to be 
desired. Several persons came late, but they could not 
rush into the service for the doors had been roped 
off. These were seated in the vestibule until the read- 
ing of the service had been concluded. Consequently, 
most of the people, knowing this, had come early 
enough to avoid this: a problem our churches need 
solve in some way. We make too much noise and con- 
fusion, but who among the Brethren would dare to 
do as they do? Maybe some church might prove it 
could be done. 

2. Formality. One would hardly have expected all 
that formality in a prayer meeting service ; yet who 
would not desire the result of it? Formality left a 
good impression and a fine effect. Even the announce- 
ments were read as formally as if they were a part 
of the service of worship. Orders from Boston, some 
of them were, for a booklet in the book-rack told the 
story of some things that must be said by command 
of the mother church at Boston. Obedience to mother 
church or what? 

3 Autocracy or what? One might expect a good 
bit of motherly advice in a religion "discovered and 
founded" by a woman thrice married, even though 
she were never a mother, but not that so much need 
be said about the mother church in a prayer meeting. 
The Brethren are so used to individual interpreta- 
tion that even a high school pupil will dispute with 
a theological professor; but not these people. No 
Reader even, does his own interpreting here. He 
offered nothing save that which seemed to be down 
in black and white; even the announcements. What 
is said about the meaning and interpretation of the 
scripture is from the founder and discoverer of 
Christian Science, Mai-y G. Baker Eddy, whose name 
is much more frequently mentioned than that of Jesus 
Christ. Withal the members are not mere amateur 
thinkers, sinecurists or ignorant. When I went again 
to the cloak room after the dismissal, the men there 
looked like the choice men of the city, not under the 
grade of Rotarians — top-notchers. Professional men 
sat silently during the entii'e service without chal- 
lenging, disputing or questioning. Did they accept it 
all? I confess that I cannot explain nor understand 
it. I am sure that I would need more than I saw or 
received here to cause me to return again and again. 

4. The lack of public praying among worshipful 
people. I am convinced that prayer is a very definite 
part of all sorts and forms of religion and that these 
make much of silence and meditation in the presence 
of God. No opportunity was given for an outpouring 
of pent-up feelings or of individual approach to God. 



None was given by the Reader. No printed prayers 
for the people there or elsewhere. Is that the planned 
method ? It must be or it would have been otherwise. 
Are the prayers to be offered only by the initiated 
or those who heal? I confess that I do not know the 
secret or the explanation, but I was impressed by the 
absence of them among such a people. 

So much of quietude and simplicity so very devout 
was it all that I am persuaded that there is some- 
thing very appealing to it. Do people come to my 
services with the same spirit of, acquiescing to and 
accepting what they get and to be satisfied, or am I 
deceived when I believe that they are given much 
more when they do; and they go away less empty 
than I did here? How can we explain it all? Maybe 
my readers can. Maybe I can start something with 
this dissertation. If someone can answer let them 
do so. I would be glad to understand a thing I cannot 
explain, if one can do it for me. 

How strange indeed are the ways of men to each 
other! Professionally, intellectually, socially, these 
people were the equal of any I have contacted for a 
long time; yet we differ polarly with each other in 
the most serious business of life. Only recently I 
spent a part of an evening very happily, eating with 
two Catholic priests. We had a fine fellowship to- 
gether. Shall we part at the Pearly Gates ? I shall be 
the last to say so. I am glad that it is not mine to 
decide — to judge. My good book says: "Let every 
man be fully persuaded in his own mind." I am glad 
to obey that as fully as possible and let the All-Wise ' 
One do the deciding and judging. And even Jesus 
seemed to be glad to announce : "I judge no man ; my 
word shall judge you at the last day." To Him be the 
duty, the glory, the honor and the declining of it all. 
"Forbearing one another," we shall be more happy ' 
and more God-like. 

Carey, Ohio. 



^ With the Laymen ^ 

Prof. Allen R. Thompson, National President 
Carl E. Mohler, News Editor 



MOUNT PLEASANT, PENNSYLVANIA, 
LAYMEN ORGANIZE 

The Laymen of the First Brethren Church, North 
Shupe Street, Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, organ- 
ized a Laymen's Association on Februaiy 14th. The 
following officers were elected : 

Walter Daniels President 

Floyd Daniels Vice President 

Ralph Daniels Secretary 

George C. Gearhart Treasurer 



February 27, 1943 



We are hoping to be able to accomplish greater 
things for our Lord at Mount Pleasant, for we realize 
that in unity there is strength. 

I believe that our laymen at this church realize the 
great responsibility that rests upon them as lay 
members of the church. I have found nowhere lay- 
men with greater desire to do the will of our Lord. 
Although we are small in numbers we believe we can 
accomplish greater work being organized. 

It has been my desire to see a Laymen's Organiza- 
tion in every church in the Pennsylvania District. 
And I believe that some time we may be able to see 
this done. But to accomplish this we, as laymen, 
must first catch a vision of the work the laity of the 
church can do. We, as lay members of our beloved 
church, have a great responsibility in seeing that the 
work of our various churches goes forward. And es- 
pecially is this ti-ue of the present time in which we 
live, for there are great opportunities awaiting us in 
the work of our Lord. What will we do? Will we 
make excuses or will we make good? 

It would be sad indeed for us, as laymen, to have 
to look back on work left undone, or to miss the "well 
done" of the Master. 

Let us be about the Father's business and have an 
organization in every Brethren Church in Pennsyl- 
vania. 

Your Brother in Christ, 

Ralph M. Singer, 
President Penn. Laymen's Assn. 

C E. NEWS 

C. E. OFFICER BECOMES MINISTERIAL 
STUDENT 

We received this letter from the Secretary of the 
South Bend, Indiana, Christian Endeavor Society 
and we are pleased to pass it on as a fine bit of C. E. 
news. 

South Bend, Indiana, 
February 4, 1943 
The Christian Endeavor of the First 
Brethren Church of South Bend is proud to 
report that Richard Wolfe, our Vice Presi- 
dent, has entered Ashland College to study 
for the ministry. 

Respectfully, 
Shirley Bottorff, Sec. 



HENRY RINEHART PASSES AWAY 

LIFE MEMBER OF THE BENEVOLENCE 

BOARD REACHES END OF JOURNEY 

We are extremely sorry to have to report 
the death of Brother Henry Rinehart of 
Flora, Indiana, donor of the land upon which 
sets the buildings of the Brethren's Home. 

Death came very suddenly to Brother 
Heni-y, on Tuesday, February 16th. At this 
writing details of his sudden passing are not 
available to the editor. In a short time we 
hope to be able to devote some space to his 
life and work. 

Much credit is due Brother Rinehart for 
the building and supplying of the Home. The 
records of the Benevolence Board, hastily 
scanned, reveal that he has given in various 
ways, in excess of $40,000.00 to the Home, 
this of course, includes the land. 

The Benevolence Board will miss his ad- 
vice and counsel as the days go by. 

Brother Rinehart had reached the age well 
beyond 90 years, and has been hale and 
hearty through these last years of his life. 
His passing takes from the scene of this 
earth's pilgrimage a well-known figure in the 
work of the church. 

Fred C. Vanator, 
President Benevolence Board. 



If each Christian Endeavor throughout the Broth- 
erhood would take the matter of Life Work in Chris- 
tian service seriously, we would soon have the needed 
additions to the ministerial student body that we 
should have. Why not make that a very definite part 
of the work of the C.E.? 



PUBLICATION DAY ROLL OF HONOR 

Again this week we publish the names of the churches 
sending in their Publication Day Offering, in the order which 
they were received. We begin this time with Number 12. This 
will be the last we will publish in this way. The entire report 
will be forthcoming when the offering is all in. The Publish- 
ing Company expresses its appreciation for the promptness of 
these churches in sending in their offering. 

No. 12 Cerro Gordo, Illinois Feb. 4— 6.00 P. M. 

No. 13 Mexico, Indiana Feb. 6 — 1:00 P. M. 

No. 14 Washington, D. C Feb. 7— 9:00 P. M. 

No. 15 New Kensington, Penna Feb. 8 — 8:40 A. M. 

No. 16 Berlin, Pennsylvania Feb. 8—11:00 A. M. 

No. 17 Nappanee, Indiana Feb. 8— 2:30 P. M. 

No. 18 Smithville, Ohio Feb. 8— 3:30 P. M. 

No. 19 Milledgeville, Illinois Feb. 8— 4:30 P. M. 

No. 20 Carleton, Nebraska Feb. 8— 5:30 P. M. 

No. 21 North Georgetown, Ohio Feb. 9 — A. M. 

No. 22 Glenford, Ohio Feb. 9— P. M. 

No. 23 North Liberty, Indiana Feb. 10— 3 :00 P. M. 

No. 24 Terra Alta, W. Virginia Feb. 12— 6:30 P. M. 

No. 25 Uniontown, Pennsylvania (2nd) Feb. 12 — 8:00 P. M. 

No. 26 Hagerstown, Maryland Feb. 15 — 10:00 A. M. 

No. 27 Manteca, California Feb. 15— 5:30 P. M. 

No. 28 Vandergrift, Pennsylvania Feb. 16 — 1:00 P. M. 

No. 29 Rittman, Ohio Feb. 16— 5:30 P. M. 

No. 30 Oak Hill, W. Virginia Feb. 17— 7:00 P. M. 

No. 31 Elkhart, Indiana Feb. 18— 9:00 A. M. 

No. 32 Mansfield, Ohio Feb. 18— 5:00 P. M. 

No. 33 Fairhaven (West Salem) Ohio.. Feb. 18— 6:00 P. M. 



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DR. W. I. DUKER 

President 

DR. L. E. LINDOWER 
Treasurer 



The National Sunday School Association 

of The Brethren Church 



REV. E. L. MILLER 
Vice President 

REV. N. V. LEATHERMAN 
General Secretary 



STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR BRETHREN 
SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

Possible Total 

I. HOME EXTENSION 10 

1. An Active Cradle Roll (5) 

2. A working Home Department (5) 

II. ORGANIZED CLASSES 10 

1. One or more organized classes in Young 
People's Division (5) 

2. One or more organized classes in Adult 
Division (5) 

III. LEADERSHIP TRAINING • :o 

1. A training class registered with the National 
Sunday School Association and using any 
approved text (7) 

2. Twenty-five percent of the teachers gradu- 
ates in some approved course (3) 

IV. GRADATION 10 

1. Graded school organization with annual pro- 
motion (5) 

2. Graded lesson instruction in at least one de- 
partment (5) . - 

V. MISSIONS • ■ 10 

1. Systematic missionary instruction (5) 

2. An annual White Gift Offering (5) 

VI. CITIZENSHIP 10 

1. Systematic citizenship instruction (5) 

2. Participation in some form of benevolence (5) 

VII. DECISIONS 10 

1. Decision Day observed annually (5) 

2. Life Work decisions emphasized regularly (5) 
Vni. CONFERENCES 10 

1. Workers' Conferences held regularly, ten rec- 
ommended; six required (7) 

2. Delegates to some convention, denomination- 
al and interdenominational (3) 

IX. DENOMINATIONAL ' ' 10 

1. Records accurately kept and statistics sent 
promptly to the general secretary (5) 

2. Use of Brethren publications (5) 

X. LIBRARY 10 
1. At least one book chosen from any seven of 

the ten divisions suggested (10) 

Total possible points 100 

EXPLANATION AND SUGGESTION 

I. HOME EXTENSION 

1. An Active Cradle Roll. To associate the child from birth 
to the Sunday school; to interest his parents in his spiritual 
nurture and to prepare the child for class membership in the 
school. The department will be in charge of an alert super- 
visor who will keep an enrollment of the children; make 
known their names to the school; visit occasionally their 
parents, sharing suggestions and literature with reference to 
the religious nurture of the child. 

2. A Working Home Department. To enlist persons denied 
the privilege of Sunday school attendance; to assist them in 



Bible study at home; to win them for and to build them up in 
Christ. The department will be in charge of a capable super- 
visor, assisted by such visitors as necessary, who will keep a 
record of those enrolled; distribute literature for study and 
seek to have Home Department members present for the 
regular school session on special days. 

II. ORGANIZED CLASSES 

1. One or more organized classes in Young People's Divi- 
sion. 

2. One or more organized classes in Adult Division. | 

To relieve the teacher of sole responsibility among the ! 
pupils; and to become identified with the larger fellowship of ' 
the organized movement. The class will elect a president, vice- i 
president, secretary, treasurer, and create devotional, mem- 
bership, social, and such other committees as desired. This 
organization including the class name, age and sex of the 
pupils will be certified to the National Association by the 
divisional or general superintendent and receive a certificate. 

III. LEADERSHIP TRAINING 

1. A training class registered with the National Sunday 
School Association and using any approved text. To provide 
informed and skilled leaders for the school; to extend and 
complete the religious training of the pupils; to co-operate in 
securing more and better workers. This training may be car- 
ried on in connection with the Sunday school or community 
institute or both. Te.xts approved for the following courses, 
outlined in the new Handbook, will be recognized. They are 
as follows: (1) Certificate Courses. (2) The Shorter Course 
for Sunday School workers. (3) The Larger Course for Ad- 
vanced Christian Workers (4) The International Standard 
Course. (5) The Camper Courses. Suitable certificates and 
diplomas are awarded at the completion of each of the above- 
mentioned courses. These are issued by the National Associa- 
tion which also provides questions for examinations or makes 
satisfactory arrangements with the teacher in charge relative 
to the procedure which shall be followed in the administration 
of teacher training work. Consult the Handbook for further 
information. 

2. Twenty-five percent of the teachers graduates in some 
approved course. To recognize those persons who have al- 
ready completed some training course, and to encourage the 
school to use trained teachers. This point includes those who 
have graduated from the earlier courses. 

IV. GRADATION 

1. Graded school organization with annual promotion. To 

enroll pupils according to recognized age grouping; to pro- 
vide classes for all ages and to encourage application for the 
purpose of making progress. This contemplates a division for 
children, young people, and adults with as many classes in 
each division as the pupils require. Each division should be 
supervised by an appointed, capable person. Where possible 
and feasible the divisions may have separate worship pro- 
grams. 

2. Graded lesson instruction in at least one department. 

To supply lesson material suited to the interests, capacities, 
and needs of the pupils; to assist them in the cultivation of 
fruitful knowledge, right attitudes, and necessary skills. The 
graded lessons published by The Standard Publishing Com- 
pany, Cincinnati, Ohio are the most biblical of all the graded 



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series now before the public. They are the most beneficial, 
therefore, for our denomination. They are pedagogically 
sound and seek to provide "milk for the babes and meat for 
the adults." No graded series will be found wholly satisfac- 
tory to Brethren people; extra biblical and doctrinal teach- 
ing must be added by Brethren pastors and Brethren Sunday 
school teachers. 

V. MISSIONS 

1. Systematic missionary instruction. To make missionary 
instruction a normal and integral part of Christian education; 
to generate the missionary passion in the whole church. Such 
instruction may be given as a part of the regular lesson, 
supplemented with monthly presentation before the entire 
school or a division thereof. Mission study classes may be 
added. 

2. An annual White Gift Offering. To encourage Christian 
giving; to extend the fellowship of service, to support worthy 
objects. This offering is taken at Christmas, the proceeds of 
which go to the Ashland Seminary, the Young People's Train- 
ing Camps, Sunday school institute work, and other miscel- 
laneous items. 

VI. CITIZENSHIP 

1. Systematic Citizenship Training. To foster Christian 
attitudes with reference to civic and state obligations; to 
make the pupils conscious of a growing world citizenship. This 
too may be done in regular class study and through monthly 
instruction with the entire school. Christian citizenship may 
be made a particular study of young people or adults for a 
period. Obedience to and responsibility for law should be 
stressed. 

2. Participation in some form of benevolence. To unite 
mind and heart and hand in Christian good-will and helpful- 
ness. The assistance given to temperance causes, such as 
anti-alcoholism, anti-tobacco and anti-drug movements, etc., 
is an example. Persons in need in the local community may 
be aided also. A contribution to the benevolences of the church 
will count. 

VII. DECISIONS 

1. Decision Day observed annually. To lead the pupils into 
personal fellowship with Christ as Savior and Lord; to enlist 
them for membership in the church. Palm Sunday is the most 
appropriate time for such a decision, preparing the way for 
entrance into church membership on Easter Sunday. Deci- 
sions, however, may be encouraged any time through the 
year, and these will result from good teaching as well as 
from special appeal. 

2. Life Work decisions emphasized regularly. To help the 
pupils to become workers in the Church; to recruit for the 
ministry, missionary service, and kindred activities of the 
church. Such decisions will result from regular teaching if 
properly done. But opportunity should be given for public 
enlistment. This may be done in connection with the White 
Gift Offering. 

VIII. CONFERENCES 

1. Workers' Conferences held regularly, ten recommended, 
six required. To bring together those workers engaged in 
common tasks; to enable them to view together cooperative 
achievements and possibilities; to promote leadership morale 
and esprit de corps. Such a conference should be held early 
in the month. If planned for by a wide-awake program com- 
mittee the meeting will be more attractive and helpful. Sug- 
gestions and helps are given, periodically, on the Sunday 
school page in the Brethren Evangelist. 

2. Delegates to some convention, denominational and inter- 
" denominational. To acquaint the school with forward-looking 

plans and to unite it with a larger fellowship. City, County, 



and State Conferences or Conventions, which feature Sunday 
school work, or Brethren Institutes, State Conferences and the 
National Conference are usually informing and inspiring. En- 
rollment in the Young People's Camps will count also. 

IX. DENOMINATIONAL 

1. Records accurately kept and statistics sent promptly to 
the general secretary. To enable the school to be intelligently 
informed of its own personnel and to assist the denomination 
in checking up upon its own strength and progress. The in- 
dividual membership record card kept on file alphabetically 
supplements the class membership book. Quarterly reports 
as to enrollment, attendance, offering, and services rendered 
prepare the way for an annual report and make it easy for 
the secretary to fill out the statistical blank sent by the gen- 
eral secretary. 

2. LTse of Brethren Publications. To foster denominational 
loyalty and to make possible improvement of said publications 
with general support. Where these publications meet the need 
of the local school they should be given preference. Graded 
lessons may be obtained through the Brethren Publishing 
Company. 

X. LIBRARY 

1. At least one book chosen from any seven of the ten 
divisions suggested. To equip the worker with tools and to 
provide helpful reading for the whole school. The book list 
given in the Hand Book, published by the National Associa- 
tion, offers a varied selection. Schools are asked to select at 
least one book from any seven of the ten divisions. A copy 
of the Hand Book or further information concerning these 
books may be had on request from the Educational Director. 
Books purchased through the Ashland office will mean a sav- 
ing of postage to the buyer and a slight percent of profit to 
our National Sunday School Association. Kindly favor us by 
buying through our office. 

AWARDS GIVEN EACH YEAR AT NATIONAL 
CONFERENCE 

1. Schools attaining 100 points will be recognized as Front 
Line schools and vdll be awarded a book priced at $1.00. 

2. Schools attaining 85 points will be recognized as Banner 
schools and will be awarded a 60c book. 

3. Schools attaining 70 points will receive public mention in 
the recognition service. 



100 Per Cent Churches 

When Will Your Church Join Them? 

No. 1.. . (Second Year) . .Vinco, Pa., Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, pastor 

No. 2 New Lebanon, Ohio, Rev. C. W. Berkshire, pastor 

No. 3.. .North Manchester, Indiana, Rev. J. R. Schutz, pastor 

No. 4 Ashland, Ohio, Rev. L. V. King, pastor 

No. 5 Johnstown, Pa., Third, Rev. W. S. Crick, pastor 

No. 6 Louisville, Ohio, Rev. E. M. Riddle, pastor 

No. 7 Waynesboro, Pa. (Loyal) Rev. D. C. White, pastor 

No. 8 Lanark, Illinois, Rev. E. D. Bumworth, pastor 

No. 9 ? ? ? ? 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff; Topic Editor 

■■ToDlcs copyrlehted by Iho International Society ot Christian Endeavor. 
Used by pemiission." 




Topic for March 14, 1943 

"THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM: WHAT IT MEAN SO ME" 

Scripture Lesson: Psalm 23 

For The Leader 

This twenty-third Psalm is truly a helpful portion of in- 
spired scripture. From it we receive comfort, assurance and 
strength. David wrote it because he had found that complete 
trust in his God which we all should have. Christ, as the goo.l 
Shepherd provides, keeps, and leads, each_ and every Chris- 
tian lamb who will trust completely in Him. 

In this Psalm we find sufficient material to help us through 
many days of life. We should have it memorized, not just tho 
words, but the message. If we know also the Shepherd of the 
Psalm we shall find a nearness which we would hardly im- 
agine possible, as we read its marvelous words. 

Let us try to gain the real message of these words as we 
learn also to know the Shepherd better. 

QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION 

1. In what ways are we the sheep of Christ's fold? 

2. Suggest several ways in which Christ, directly or in- 
directly, guides our ways from day to day. 

3. Does this Psalm show the trust of a young man, or the 
confidences of a man of mature age? Give reasons for your 
answer. 

4. How are the promises of this Psalm practical in this 
modern day in which we live? 

5. How completely does Christ supply our every need ? 

DISCUSSION 

1. THIS PSALM MEANS COMMITTMENT TO CHRIST. 
"The Lord is MY shepherd." As a young person we are to be 
committed to Christ. And if we say with sincerity that "The 
Lord is my Shepherd" we mean that we have put the keeping 
of our soul into His care. Where He leads, we will follow. 
His will shall be our will. His paths of service will be our 
paths. Truly He has said, "If any man will come after me, 
let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me." 
If we take Christ as our Shepherd it means we will go where 
he leads." 

2. THIS PSALM MEANS THE SUPPLYING OF EVERY 
NEED. "I Shall not want." Every need supplied. With Christ 
as our Shepherd we shall be graciously satisfied, so that we 
shall "lie down in the abundance of his provision — satisfied." 
We shall have refreshing, cool waters to satisfy our thirst and 
desire. This is a far cry from the husks of the prodigal son's 
menu, or the parched sins of the world of evil doing. This diet 
of spiritual food will overcome the desires of the world to 
the extent that bur souls shall be restored in strength and 
vigor. It is well known that if we fill our hearts and minds 
with things spiritual that we will not have room for the un- 
desirable filth of this world. 

3. THIS PSALM MEANS GUIDANCE. In paths of right- 
eousness Christ will lead those who will follow Him. We 
might pride ourselves in thinking that we can direct our own 
paths, but this cannot be so. Decisions which must be made 
in life carry too much lasting weight to be made on our human 



judgment. We need the direction of our Lord in making the 
decisions of life. By trusting in Him we shall be guided in 
His chosen paths of righteousness and service. Which Christ 
does not always do directly, yet each day He does guide the 
willing follower. Young people who dedicate their lives to 
Christ are often confronted with even greater temptations and 
disappointments before, (or so it seems) and yet to the faith- 
ful follower, Christ will open the doors of service and con- 
tentment. The greatest decision we must make in life is to 
follow Christ completely, never turning away from His will, 
regardless of the circumstances, for His paths are righteous. 

4. THIS PSALM MEANS HOPE AND COMFORT. All of 
us face the ever present possibility of death, or the death of 
very dear loved ones. This is a natural course of life. Our God 
has dealt very carefully and fully with this matter. Yes, He 
gave His Son to die on the Cross of Calvary, that the sting 
and fear of death might be removed forever from the minds 
of those who follow Him. Even though we face the shadows 
of loss of loved ones, or face that valley of passing ourselves, 
Christ, the Good Shepherd, guides and leads us through. The 
promises of eternal life through Christ is the staff upon which 
we lean as we face this valley of sorrow. His rod leads us 
through, and He is our companion, close by our side. Thus 
we see our Shepherd does not forsake us at any time. It is 
'"ur duty to trust Him more. 

5. THIS PSALM MEANS COURAGE. Christians will tes- 
tify that when opposition and assault have been directed at 
them by enemies of God, that God has confounded their ene- 
mies with defeat. On top of this, God has prepared for his 
faithful a feast of triumph in the midst of the fallen enemies. 
Not that we are going to have specific victories as this verse 
might imply, but we young people who trust in Christ and 
bear His testimony shall see that Christ will give the victory. 
We need this courage from Christ to stand before the ene- 
mies of home. Church and School. We find many young peo- 
ple today who laugh and scoff at our convictions of the sanc- 
tity of the Christian home, and of the holiness of our Church. 
Let us never lose these things ourselves. Christ gives us "ban- 
quets" of courage to stand for what is right in His sight. 

6. THIS PSALM MEANS THE ASSURANCE OF BLESS- 
INGS CONTINUED. When Christ is our Shepherd, the oil 
of the Spirit of power is poured upon our heads. We are 
anointed to service. When we faithfully serve, we are assured 
that goodness and mercy shall follow us as long as we have 
life here. What more can we ask for? This is complete care 
and help and power. No other pathway of life or "way of 
life" gives us what this way does. From the beginning of 
life to the end, with Christ as our Shepherd, nothing is over- 
looked. This calls for our complete surrender to Him as Lord 
and Master of our lives. 

7. THIS PSALM MEANS ETERNAL BLESSINGS. We 
shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Little needs to 
be said here for it is all too great to realize. Here is the 
Lord as our Shepherd and Guide through life. And now He 
gives us the promise of life eternal in the mansions of heaven. 
If we are outside of the fold of Christ we face only ruin and 
eternal death. With this great opportunity to accept the 
Christ who has made the assurance of his Psalm possible, we 
dare not overlook it, lest we find ourselves barred from the 
eternal fold because we waited too long. The Lord is Our 
Shepherd, both now and forevermore. 

BIBLE QUIZ 

1. Who is the good shepherd? John 10:11-14. 

2. Who provides the needs of our body, soul and spirit? 
Phil. 4:19. 

3. What are we to do in order to receive the things of 
which we have need? Matthew 7:7, 8. 



February 27, 1943 

Our Children's 
Department 

Mrs. Loretta Carritheps 
Superintendent 



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THINK THESE OUT 

By Florence C. Hebel 



Dear Children: 

Did you ever see a backyard or a garden which had been 
left alone all summer? One day in the fall I went out into 
the backyard of a house from which the family had been 
away for many weeks. When they went away it had been a 
nice, smooth yard, with grass, and with some flower beds by 
the fence where flowers grew. But now it looked like a jungle. 
Weeds had grown up so thick that you could hardly see be- 
tween them. Great tall weeds had sprouted up by the fence. 
They looked over the top of the fence as though te make 
faces at people in the alley and say, "Just look how we have 
taken this yard for our own!" 

Where did those weeds come from? From everywhere and 
nobody knows where. The birds may have dropped the seeds 
of some of them; the winds blew the tiny seed of others. There 
into the yard they fell and sprouted while nobody was look- 
ing and grew and took possession of the place. 

Weeds have the most surprising way of getting in where 
they are not expected. They do not wait to be invited. They 
come regardless. They come into backyards and gardens. They 
come into the hearts of people — the weeds of ugly thoughts, 
blown by the winds of gossip; the weeds of evil habits, sug- 
gested we hardly know how; and they fall so silently that 
at first we do not know they have come. It is amazing how 
quickly they grow. If we do not watch them, presently they 
have taken possession of everything, and what we thought 
was a garden, or a clean yard, is all a tangle of rank things. 
You remember Jesus told in His parable of the sower how 
the good seed of the word of God, which is sown in human 
hearts, is often choked out by weeds. He said, "The cares of 
this world and the deceitfulness of riches, and lusts of other 
things entering in, choke the Word of God and it becometh 
unfruitful." Or, to put it in simpler words, the flowers of 
the good thoughts within us are crowded out by the weeds 
of the thoughts which are selfish and mean. 

There are two things which we must do if we would keep 
the weeds down. The first is that we must never let our gar- 
dens, nor ever let our hearts, go for a long time unwatched. 
If people go away from their grass-plots and their flower-beds 
for weeks and months, the weeds will certainly be there when 
they return. And if we pay no attention to our hearts, and 
never let conscience, like a good gardner, walk up and down, 
the weeds will certainly grow there. We must keep pulling 
up the weeds of little habits as fast as we see them growing 
up. 

And then in the second place, and finally, we must remem- 
ber that the way to conquer weeds is to encourage flowers. 
The way to kill evil habits is to take good care of the posi- 
tive good habits. We must tend them and strengthen them 
and make the soil rich for their roots to grow in. We must 
keep planting and replanting the things of God, and so they 
will be too strong to be crowded out. Let Jesus plant in us and 
we will bear fruit. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



One broken stitch unmended causes a very long runner. 

"Impose upon us the personality of Christ." 

"May we glory in our weakness, since the strength of Christ 
is sufficient for us." 

Do we always wait hopefully and expectantly for the church 
service to begin ? 

"We need each other." . , 

"A little leaven shall leaven the whole lump." 

"What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits to 
me?" 

Liverpool, Pa. 



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RECALL TO RIGHTEOUSNESS 



Those who review and lament the plight of the world today 
should remember that the deep-rooted causes of it have been 
with us for some time. They are only now producing their 
disastrous and unwanted results. 

We cannot but recall that for years people in our part of 
the world have been taught that morals do not matter, that 
if they have any importance at all it is a purely relative im- 
portance resting on a variety of local customs and sanctions, 
never on truth that is of God and universal. 

This proved to be a major and tragic error, as a conse- 
quence of which we lost sight of the primary fact about civi- 
lization — that it is built on moral agreements and restraints 
which are commonly accepted by its members. We lost the 
courage to affirm that civilization, built on moral agreements 
and restraints, must live by its moral principles or else give 
way to barbarism, a state of affairs in which force and expe- 
diency are substituted for morality. We could not longer in- 
sist that recognition of the moral law govern relations be- 
tween nations since we had already denied the universal reign 
of moral law. Under these circumstances people no longer 
had to ask conceOTng an action, Is it right? They had only 
to ask. Does it work? or, Does it give pleasure? or. Does it 
satisfy emotion ? 

What did this mean in the everyday life of the woi'ld? It 
meant that a man's — or a nation's — word could not be trusted. 
It meant that aggression, implemented by whatever immoral 
means, could become established in the earth if it could but 
pass the one, all-important test of "succeeding," of "produc- 
ing the goods," of "working." The only questions asked were, 
Does it work, does it give pleasure, does it satisfy ambition ? 
And aggression worked — for the aggressors. It gave them 
pleasure and satisfied their ambitions of the moment. It 
brought millions of people, vast wealth, and new territory 
under their control. Aggression worked in the only way it 
could — by overriding all moral standards. For aggression is 
is not concerned with what is right. It is concerned only with 
what force can do. It is life without moral standards. 

If, in truth, we are not satisfied with what the abandon- 
ment of moral standards has done to our society, and if, at 
last, we see that the road down which it has forced us leads 
to a dead-end, we know what we can do about it. We can 
recall the nations to righteousness. Now is the time to do it. 
Tomorrow may be too late. 

Rev. Wm. C. Kernan. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Prayer Meeting Topics 

LESSON 15 
Subject: The Marriage S'upper of the Lamb. 

1. The Judgment Seat of Christ comes before the Marriage 
Supper, and is preparatory to it. Revelation 19:7, 8. 

2. So, then, a marriage is to take place. It will be the most 
wonderful marriage that ever has been known. The event 
will be celebrated in heaven. Revelation 19:6, 7. 

3. The bride is the church. Ephesians 5:25, 26, 27. Ephe- 
sians 5:23, 32; Ephesians 1:4. 

4. The Bridegroom is Christ. Revelation 19:7; Revelation 
21:9; Mark 2:18, 19, 20. 

5. The Bridegroom is now absent. Matthew 25:6; St. John 
14:3. 

6. All who accept Christ are invited to the wedding. Those 
who are ready and waiting shall be at the marriage. Matthew 
22:2, 3, 9. 

7. God pronounces a divine blessing on all who are called 
to the marriage. Revelation 19:9. 

8. The Bridegroom has a special message to His waiting 
bride on the earth. Revelation 22:20 (first part of verse). 

9. The bride, breathless with joy, has an answer. Revela- 
tion 22:20 (last part of verse). "' ' 

10. In the midst of turmoil and strife it is possible to main- 
tain serenity of mind. Isaiah 26:3; Deuteronomy 31:6. 

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THE TAX ON NOT-GIVING 

Every minister and every church finance committee should 
understand the inter-relation of taxes and giving. 

The important fact is that (up to 15% of his taxable in- 
come) the American citizen's gifts represent an untaxed part 
of his income, 100% at his own disposal. It is a long-accepted 
principle of income taxation that the impulse to give to social 
and religious purposes should not be penalized by taxation. 

Under the new high tax schedules this is more important 
than ever before. A part of every dollar given for religious, 
charitable, educational, and similar institutions is money 
which would otherwise go to the Collector of Internal Rev- 
enue, the part varying from 24% on an $800 net income or 
31% on a $5,000 net income, to 51% on a $15,000 income 
and 88% on a $100,000 income. 

Put in another way, it may be said that the government 
contributes a part of every dollar disbursed in such gifts. To 
illustrate: Mr. X, having a net income of $2,000, considers a 
$100 gift to the church; decides against; keeps the $100. The 
tax collector, however, takes $24 of the $100. Mr. X retains 
the balance, but it is then clear to him that if he had made 
the gift, $24 of it would in effect have been absorbed by the 
Treasury. 

Even more striking is the fact that in the same way a cor- 
poration subject to excess profits tax makes a contribution 



of $1,000 at a net cost to itself of only $190, the balance of 
$810 being the sum which would otherwise be paid in taxes. 

We are not emphasizing tax avoidance; we are stressing 
the fact that the work of the church is supremely important, 
its financial support essential, and that the government en- 
courages giving by allowing an equivalent deduction from 
taxable income up to a limit of 15% of net total income. The 
same principle applies in Canada. 

Between now and the year-end, remind your friends that 
there is a heaxy tax on "not-giving"! — Selected. 



Laid to Rest 





MUNSON— Mrs. Charles Munson, Sr., (nee Sara Ellen 
Menser) departed this life at her home in Johnstown, Pa., 
September 1, 1942, after months of suffering due to cancer, 
at the age of sixty-four years. With her first husband, Clyde 
MacDonald, she was active in the founding of a Brethren 
Mission in Windber, near Johnstown, which was later dis- 
continued. A son by the first marriage, Rev. George J. Mac- 
Donald, is pastor of The Wyoming Baptist Church, Cincin- 
nati, Ohio. 

She was a member of The Second Brethren (Moxham) 
Church of Johnstown, and active and loyal to all its interests, 
serving as a Deaconness. She is survived by her husband, a 
daughter and a son. The son and his wife have recently been 
installed as Deacon and Deaconess. 

Funeral services were conducted from the Church by this 
writer assisted by Rev. J. L. Bowman, of Rt. 1, Hollidays- 
burg. Pa. 

William S. Crick. 



BENSHOFF— Miss Elizabeth M. Benshoff departed this life 
November 2, 1942, at the age of sixty-nine years. A few days 
critical illness of a kidney complication climaxed years of 
illness due to diabetes. She was a daughter of the late Rev. 
Solomon Benshoff, who was one of the leaders in The Breth- 
ren Church, in its early history, in the Conemaugh Valley. 
Having been a member of the Rosedale Brethren Church until 
it was disbanded, she transferred to The Third Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa., in 1919, along with a brother, George 
Benshoff, and several sisters, all of whom have been active 
in the Church. 

Funeral services were conducted from the nearby Pleasant 
Hill Church of the Brethren by the writer assisted by the 
pastor. Rev. Arthur L. Rumrael, and Rev. Claud Studebaker, 
who was assisting at the time in an evangelistic campaign 
here. 

William S. Crick. 



JONES — Mrs. Harry W. Jones (nee Alice M. Clinefelter) 
departed this life Sunday evening, February 7th, 1943, at 
the age of fifty-nine years. She suffered a stroke on the pre- 
vious Friday, from which she never regained consciousness. 

She had been a faithful member of The Third Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa., from its incorporation in 1914, trans- 
ferring from The Vinco Brethren Church. She was active and 
loyal in all departments of the work of the Church. She served 
as a Deaconness, and in recent years, had been president of 



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The Woman's Missionary Society, and Superintendent of the 
Children's Division of the Church School. 

She is survived by her husband, and three daughters, all 
of whom are active in the work of the Church, and by one 
brother and one sister. Funeral services were conducted from 
a funeral home by the writer assisted by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, 
pastor of The Vinco Brethren Church. 

William S. Crick. 



HAMPTON— Mrs. Rose E. (Narehood) Hampton, widow of 
Ulysses G. Hampton, departed this life January 3, 1943, after 
a long- illness due to cancer, at the age of seventy-three years. 
When sixty-six, she was baptized in the Third Brethren 
Church, along with a daughter and granddaughter, her hus- 
band uniting at the same time by relation. 

She is survived by three sons and one daughter, one brother 
and one sister. Funeral services were conducted from the 
home by the writer. 

WUliam S. Crick. 



BAYLES — Lewis A. Bayles, son of Samuel and Christinna 
Bayles, was born in Miami County, Indiana, November 15, 
1873, and departed this life on Friday, January 22, 1943 at 
his home near Roann, Indiana. He was 69 years, 2 months 
and 7 days of age. In 1895 he had been united in marriage 
with Olive Courter and shortly afterwards they joined the 
Brethren church together. 

Mr. Bayles was preceded in death by a daughter, Dora 
Edith, in 1925 at the age of 17. He is survived by the widow; 
a daughter, Mrs. Harry Edwards; a son, Walter Bayles; four 
sisters and two grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at the Enterprise Church of 
God on Sunday, January 24, 1943 and burial was in the near- 
by cemetery. These services were conducted by the under- 
signed. 

Smith F. Rose. 



HOOVER — Ann Lizzie Motz Hoover was born February 1, 
1867, and departed this life on December 23, 1942, at the home 
of her daugter at ZuUinger, Pennsylvania, at the age of 75 
years, 10 months and 22 days. She was a faithful member of 
the First Brethren Church of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. 

Services were lield at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ira 
Weaver at ZuUinger. 

D. C. White. 



SHEARER— Laura C. Beard Shearer was born March 14, 
1876, and departed this life January 3, 1943, at her home on 
Philadelphia Street, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, at the age 
of 67 years, 9 months and 19 days. 

She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Rhoda 
Hoover, Mrs. Wm. B. CaufFman, Dewey Shearer, Mrs. J. J. 
Bleha, Harry T. Shearer, Edward Shearer, Donald C. Shearer, 
Mrs. Harvey Hamil, Ralph J. Shearer and Fred C. Shearer. 

This Godly mother was able by her devoted Christian life 
to lead all of the above children to accept Christ as their 
personal Savior. D. C. White. 



SOLOMON — Anna M. Davis was born at Davisto\vn, Fay- 
stte county, Pennsylvania, January 8, 1859, a daughter of 
John and Martha Murray Davis. She was one of a family of 
;hree daughters and five sons, and was the last living mem- 



ber of her father's family. She passed away at the home of 
her daughter, Mrs. A. R. Baer, of Cameron, W. Va., with 
whom she had made her home for the last fifteen years. She 
was aged 84 years, 1 month and 1 day. 

On October 3, 1887 she was united in marriage to Silas 
W. Solomon, to which union seven children, five daughters 
and two sons, were born. The marital relation was broken by 
the death of the husband in November, 1929. One daughter 
and two grandchildren also preceded her in death. Four daugh- 
ters, two sons, nineteen grandchildren and five great-grand- 
children survive her passing. "Mother Solomon" as she was 
familiarly and respectfully called, was for more than forty 
years a member of the Brethren fraternity, and at the time of 
her demise was a member of the Second Brethren Church, 
of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Sister Solomon's interests have 
been those of her family and her church, and to these she 
has left a rich heritage of consistent Christian faith and 
faithfulness. 

Funeral services were held in the spacious Ferguson Fu- 
neral Parlors, at Uniontown, on February 11, in charge of the 
undersigned as her pastor. Comfort and admonition for the 
occasion were brought from Hebrews 4:14-16. Burial was in 
Greenridge Memorial Park, at Pennsville, Pennsylvania. 

For thirty-four years I have known "Mother Solomon" and 
have been privileged to call her "friend" and "fellow-Chris- 
tian," and while her "home-going" has brought sorrow at the 
parting here, yet our sorrow is not as those without hope,* 
for we look forward to the bright reunion in "our Father's 
house." 

Dyoll Belote. 




News From Our 
Churches 



CANTON BRETHREN CHURCH 

Some big things have been happening in the little congrega- 
tion of the Canton Brethren Church. A short time ago two 
people made their first confessions of Christ and were bap- 
tized in the baptistry of the Louisville Church. One was a 
young mother, and the other was a young married man; both 
will be fine helps in the Church. 

Our last high-light was a Winter Picnic which we held in 
our meeting room, after the Sunday morning service. We 
really had \vinter weather (below zero) which cut the attend- 
ance some, but it was a very delightful innovation. The chief 
benefit at this time was the musical help of a Young People's 
Quartette, representing the Music Club of Ashland College, 
which brought vocal and instrumental music in the Unified 
Service and for the Picnic. The program of the day follows: 

Morning Unified Service 

Piano Prelude, "Love Dreams" Jane King 

Congregational hymn 

Scripture and Prayer Robert Jelley 

Quartette, "The Christ of the Human Road" 

Offertory, violin solo, "Largo" Dorcas DeLozier 

Quartette, "For God so Loved the World" 

Sermon, "The Test of Prayer" Pastor 

Congregational hymn 



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Instrumental duets, Messrs. Jelley and Denbow 

"Precious Hiding Place," "Ivory Palaces." 
Lesson Study, "Jesus Heals a Man Bom Blind" 

Sunday School Sup't Thomas Worley 

Fellowship Instrumental Music 

Winter Picnic Dinner Noon hour 

AFTER-DINNER 

Quartette "My Task" 

Trombone Solo, "I Love Life" Robert Jelley 

Vocal Duet, "The Lord is My Shepherd" 

Dorcas DeLozier and Joe Denbow 

Vocal Solo, "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains" 

Dorcas DeLozier 

Trumpet Solo, "Trees" Joe Denbow 

Quartette "Near to the Heart of God" 

We are planning to have Brother John Locke with us for 
a week of special services, April 12 to 18. We are looking 
forward to a time of spiritual refreshing. The Canton Breth- 
ren should be given credit for doing a fine job of maintain- 
ing the Lord's work under difficulties. In spite of the fact 
that our location is a temporary one in the Y. M. C. A., and 
the Pastor is present ordinarily only on Sunday, we stand 
with larger churches in special offerings, etc. 

Pray for us that our light may never grow dim for the Lord. 

L. E. Lindower, Pastor, 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 



NEW LEBANON, OHIO 

We of the New Lebanon Brethren Church wish to come in 
for a few minutes and tell you of some of the activities of our 
different organizations of the church. We know that the Lord 
has so fully blessed us, that we like to tell others of our 
blessings. 

On November 15th the W. M. S. held their public service. 
They had complete charge of both services in the morning. 
Our Sisterhood Patroness, Mrs. Neoma Musselman, was our 
Sunday School Superintendent, and Mrs. Oma Dafler, our 
our W. M. S. President, presided at the worship hour. Mrs. 
Virgil Myer gave us a very inspiring talk on faith. A short 
playlet, entitled, "The Treasureship of Values," was given, 
and, with special music, the day was one long to be remem- 
bered. We had a fine attendance and an offering of $40.00 
was received for our Seminary fund. We have had a splendid 
year in the Lord's work and we have again been convinced 
of His loving care when we put our trust in Him. Our earnest 
prayer is that every sister of the Brethren Church will be- 
come a members of the W. M. S. 

The Laymen's Day program was held on December 15th. 
Tiie speaker of the morning was J. C. Dunn, who is a member 
of one of the largest churches for colored people in the city 
of Dayton, Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio State University 
and well versed in the scriptures and has had a long expe- 
rience in Bible school administration. We were given a very 
fine message. A special feature of the program was the pres- 
entation of the National Certificate of the Layman's Associa- 
tion to the local group by John C. Eck, National Vice Presi- 
dent of the organization. He gave a brief talk and reviewed 
the goals and objectives for the present year. The laymen 
of our church are planning some fine projects and programs 
for the coming year. They received an offering of $20.25 for 
the advancement of the National Layman's Work. 

Now we are going to take a look in on the work of the young 
people of our church and see what they are doing. It was an 
enthusiastic group of some seventy-five young people who 



gathered at the park for a party in September of 1941, and 
our Senior Christian Endeavor was officially organized a 
few weeks later under the direction of our then new pastor. 
Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire. Each Sunday evening since that 
date they have met at the church for their weekly devotional 
service, with an average attendance of twenty. Many pleasant 
social gatherings have been enjoyed by all. Along the way, 
also, they have been especially mindful of the home boys in 
the service, having remembered them with candy, cake, letters, 
etc., at various times. Just recently, in a memorial service, 
they presented the church with a beautiful Service Flag, con- 
taining twenty-seven stars. 

A fine group of the young people are tithing members and 
the society gave $25.00 to the Home Mission Fund. Their 
programs are planned by the C. E. Cabinet, consisting of the 
society officers and chairmen of the various committees, along 
with the pastor and young people's advisors, Mrs. Marjorie 
Berkshire and Mrs. Martha Frantz. A variety of interesting 
programs have been given, such as picture reviews, Bible con- 
tests, outside speakers, with a panel discussion, being, per- 
haps, the most outstanding. They have entertained and have 
been entertained by neighboring church groups. An active 
Junior C. E. is also meeting each Sunday evening, under the 
direction of Mrs. Berkshire. At the time this is being written 
both Endeavor societies are planning to celebrate the 62nd 
Birthday of C. E. work in our land, by having charge of 
the regular morning church service on Sunday, February 7th. 
Mrs. Floyd Sibert, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, will give the morn- 
ing address, and special numbers are planned by our young 
people. Rev. and Mrs. Berkshire have done great work among 
our young people. 

Now just a few words about our Five Year Program. There 
has been a committee of six appointed, one member to take 
responsibility for each part of the program. They have been 
giving us splendid "pep" talks and have seen splendid results 
in all branches of the program. We have been stressing "Stew- 
ardship" and our offerings have shown that we have been 
awakened to the need of more loyal stewards in the Lord's 
work. One of our goals is 25% of membership tithing and 
we are happy to say we are 46% tithers. So we feel that won- 
derful blessings have been ours as we have sought to serve 
our Lord. May we continue to put Him first in all of our en- 
deavors and we praise Him for His wonderful goodness to us. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Keiser, Cor. Sec. 



FORT SCOTT, KANSAS 

Word from Fort Scott, Kansas to let you know that we are 
still working and praying for the Lord's work. 

Brother Bame was with us for two evenings, and each of 
us certainly did enjoy his Bible messages. I wish to say at 
this time that Dr. Bame will find a welcome from this church 
any time that he might be able to come back this way. 

We are keeping up our Sunday School and Wednesday eve- 
ning prayer meetings. Our average attendance for prayer 
meeting since September has been 13. Also our Christian 
Endeavor is being held every Sunday evening. 

Our congregation has depleted considerably due to the war. 
A number of our young men have entered into the service, 
while many families have moved to areas where there is de- 
fense work. Even with these handicaps, we are trying to 
carry on with the work. 

We are still without a pastor, and have been since 1937 
with the exception of one year and three summers. We are 
still hoping and praying that a pastor might be sent to US' 
before so very long. 

Spencer Gentle. 



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Vol. LXV, No. 10 



March 6, 1943 




Official Organ 
of The Brethren Church 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



The Brethren Evangelist 

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CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 2 

Christian Spending— Editorial— F. C. V 3 

The Nearness of God — Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer 4 

Winning Souls in the Bible School — Rev. J. M. Bowman ... 5 

College and Seminary News 6 

Word from the Peace Committee 7 

To Avoid Confusion — Where to send offerings 7 

Moderator of General Conference Reports for Naval Duty S 

Bulletin Board Slogans 8 

Work of the General Conference Steering Committee , . . . 9 

Prayer Meeting Department 10 

Religion in Times Like These 10 

The Bible and The Post- War World- 
Rev. William C. Kernan 11 

Forgiveness, A Test 11 

Christian Endeavor Topic for March 21, 1943 12 

Our Children's Department 13 

News from Our Churches 14 

Read and Take Notice 16 



INTERESTING ITEMS 



HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND, JOINS OUR GROWING 

LIST of those that send the editor their weekly bulletin. 
Brother Edwin Boardman, Jr., is the pastor. We glean from 
one of these bulletins that the churches in Hagerstown and 
vicinity are sponsoring a series of Pre-Lenten evening serv- 
ices, which began on February 28th and continued through 
Friday evening, March 5th. Our church joined in these meet- 
ings. 

LOST CREEK, KENTUCKY, ALSO ISSUES A BUL- 
LETIN. In the one of February 14th, Brother Drushal tells 
of the difficulty in getting out this bulletin and mailing it. 
No doubt there are some who would like to help Brother 
Drushal of our Kentucky Mission to get this bulletin regu- 
larly into the hands of the constituency of the mission, and 
this can be done by sending a small contribution to him for 
this purpose. He gives the following schedule of meetings for 
the day: 

9:00 A. M Leatherwood Sunday School 

10:00 A. M Lost Creek Sunday School 

11 :00 A. M Lost Creek Church Service 

1 :00 P. M Big Branch Sunday School 

2:00 P. M Fugate's Fork Sunday School 

Buckhorn Sunday School 
Stacy Sunday School 
Tom's Branch Sunday School 
7:00 P. M Junior and Senior C. E. 

Quite a sizeable program, we would say. 

BROTHER C. A. STEWART, PASTOR AT BRYAN, OHIO, 
reports that the Bryan pastors had an exchange of pulpits 
on Sunday morning, February 21st. Brother Stewart ex- 
changed pulpits with Rev. Victor Roebuck, pastor of the 
United Brethren Church. 

BROTHER W. C. BERKSHIRE, PASTOR OF THE NEW 
LEBANON, OHIO, CHURCH, announces the coming evan- 
gelistic campaign as beginning on March 22nd, and continu- 
ing through April 4th, with Brother Ed Miller, pastor of our 
Maurertown, Virginia, Church as evangelist. Remember this 
meeting in your prayers. 

We also want to take this opportunity to congratulate, 
"Papa and Mama" Berkshire on the arrival of a 6V2 Pound 
Sharon Lee, on Sunday, February 21st. 

A FINE DEDICATORY PROGRAM, for the dedication of 
a "Service Flag" in the Cameron, West Virginia, Church 
came to our office a few days ago. The dedication was held 
on Sunday morning, February 21st. The flag was presented 
to the church by Mrs. G. W. Gable in behalf of the Christian 
Endeavor Society in honor of her soldier husband, Cpl. George 
W. Gable who was sergeant in World War I, and reenlisted ■ 
in the present conflict. ' 

Brother Arthur Baer, pastor of the Cameron Church also | 
tells in this bulletin that during the first year of his pastorate j 
there, that twelve had been added to the church by baptism j 
and three by letter, while one awaits the coming of her letter ' 
and another is ready for baptism. 

BROTHER H. H. ROWSEY, pastor of the Goshen, Indiana, | 
Church announces an Evangelistic Campaign at Goshen fromi 
March 28 to April 11, with Dr. Charles A. Bame as the evan-j 
gelist. Another to remember in prayer. 




EDITORIALS 



CHRISTIAN SPENDING 

"Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is 
not bread? And your labor for that which satisfieth 
not?" 

While these words of the prophet Isaiah were 
spoken many years ago, they are peculiarly applica- 
ble for us today. We ask ourselves the question, "Is 
there a difference between just "spending" and that 
of "Christian Spending?" Our answer would be an 
emphatic "Yes, there is a vast difference." For mere 
spending never takes into account the obligation 
owed to the Lord. The idea that the work of the Lord 
should have precedence over all other obligations 
never seems to enter the mind. That the "cattle on 
a thousand hills," together with "the silver and the 
gold," being preempted by the Lord is passed over 
as outmoded and unnecessary. 

We are in a war. In this war time we have learned 
the real meaning of "priorities." We have found that 
there are many things that we can do without if we 
have to. Things that were thought so important to 
our every-day living have been snatched from our 
grasp. And we have found that we can get along very 
nicely without them. 

We believe the American public will take the pres- 
ent rationing system in stride. Willingly will we sac- 
rifice for the sake of winning the present conflict. 

Brethren, this war will end. All wars have ended. 
[But what provision will we find made for the future ? 
IWhat sacrifice will we have made that we might "lay 
ijp treasure in heaven?" We buy bonds — it is well. 
\We should. But in this we are simply laying up treas- 
ure for ourselves. It is the type of treasure that 
'moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break 
hrough and steal." It may even be spent for that 
'which is not Bread." 

There has, as yet, been absolutely no rationing on 
'Christian Giving." Indeed our government thinks 
t so important that even a 15% deduction may be 
iaade for such giving when we make out our income 

lax. 

So let us remember that the Lord has a way, too. 
'ro back to the Old Testament and read Malachi 3 :10. 
I'hen go to Matthew 23 :23 and read the words, "This 
ught ye to have done." Yes, the Lord has a plan of 
iving. It will lay up treasure in heaven, treasure 
lat is worth infinitely more than that which we lay 
p here upon the earth. 



One in ten — 

That's all God wants, 

He does not ask for more. 

One dime in ten — 

Suppose it is 

More than we gave before. 

One cent in ten — 

Not e'en the widow's might. 

For she gave to Him her all. 

One cent in ten — 

Indeed 'tis small. 

But if 'tis truly given, 

'Twill meet the Master's call. 

He can take that tenth and multiply 

It, even as the loaves of yore ; 

And multiplied, he breaks again 

Till it is multiplied the more. 

But if we still withhold, 

He will not force the hand 

To open and to give to him the gold. 

He'll only mark the way ■' 

The gold was spent — 

And charge the spending. 

Debiting each cent. 

And when the books are opened 

And accounting made; 

The credit that is written there 

Will leave your debt unpaid. 

He asks no more from us than we can give. 
He does not take away our right to live. 
He only asks that which is still His due. 
Which is His perfect right from me and you. 

One cent in ten? 
Far better give it now, 
Than meet it in the future 
And in shame before it bow. 

F. C. V. 



Ferret out a way of doing a kindness, and take 
the beautiful living branch and drop it into the wa- 
ters of bitterness, if perchance they may be made 
sweet. 



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earness of God 




There is a sense in which God is near to everyone. 
In his speech on Mars' Hill, Paul declared, "All na- 
tions should seek the Lord if haply they might feel 
after him, and find him, though he be not far from 
everyone of us, for in him we live, aud move and have 
our being." (Acts 17 :27, 28) . 

The omnipresence of God, an essential character- 
istic of deity, is here emphatically asserted. "In Him 
we live," everybody lives. God is the source of all 
life. He also sustains life. He supplies all the necessi- 
ties of life. "He sends the rain upon the just and the 
unjust," and provides also the sunshine and the pro- 
ductive elements of soil and air. 

"In Him we move," not merely go about on our feet, 
but perform all the operations of our entire being. 
He who has numbered the hairs of our heads is the 
author of all the orderly and harmonious functions 
of the various organs and systems of the human body 
and the operations of the mind and the Spirit. 

"In Him we have our being." When God created 
man He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life 
and he became a living soul. God is the author of 
the human spirit and soul as well as the body, and 
doubtless has more to do therewith than any of us 
realize. In this statement of Paul there is then im- 
plied a wonderful nearness of God to everyone. 

A similar statement of Paul's is found in Rom. 
1:19, "That which may be known of God, is mani- 
fest in them ; for God hath showed it unto them. For 
the invisible things of him from the creation of the 
world are clearly seen, being understood by the 
things that are made, even his eternal power and 
Godhead." 

Within one's self and all about him are the clear 
evidences of the eternal presence and power of God. 
The revolutions of the earth, the changing seasons 
and the orderly and harmonious course of the planets 
reveal His wisdom. The tornado, the volcano and the 
earthquake reveal His might. Rocks, hills, trees, 
flowers and even snovirflakes tell something of His 



Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer 



beauty. "The heavens declare the glory of God, and 
the firmament showeth His handiwork." Everywhere 
and in everything may be seen the manifestations of 
God. Some say that God is everywhere and m every- 
thing .which is a subtle error. God is an infinite per- 
sonality and is apart from that which He has cre- 
ated. His throne is in heaven, the highest heaven, 
but His presence is manifested throughout the uni- 
verse. He is nature's God, but He is not nature, nor 
is anything in nature God, nor dare be worshipped 
as God. Though the heavens declare God's glory, 
neither the sun nor the moon nor any star is God. 
The teaching that God is i)i everything is of the 
devil and has led to various kinds of idolatry and 
to Pantheism, a widespread and pernicious doctrine. 
The unfaithful, the carnally minded and the careless 
thinking people fall an easy prey to such deception. 
"Because that," as Paul explains, "When they knew 
God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were 
thankful" (irreverence and ingratitude are dreadful 
sins) ; "but became vain in their imaginations, and 
their foolish heart was darkened; professing them-j 
selves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the 
glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made 
like unto corruptible man, and to birds, and four- 
footed beasts, and creeping things." (Rom. 1 :21-23). 
God is j ustly and rightly a jealous God. He rejects 
all worship except the true worship of Himself as tHe 
only personal, living, eternal, all-knowing, all-pow- 
erful, everywhere-present God. He is not far from 
any of us, but we must recognize Him, trust in Him 
and worship and serve Him, and Him only. We need 
not merely "feel after Him," or grope in darkness, 
for "light is come into the world." The true and com- 
plete revelation of God is found in His written Word, 
and in His Son Jesus Christ, who is "the way, the' 
truth and the life." With this revelation, the revela-' 
tion of nature fully agrees. To teach or practice 
otherwise is to "change the truth of God into a lie.": 
(Rom. 1:25). i 

There is, indeed, a sense in which many are far\ 
from God. In Proverbs 15:29 we read, "The Lord isj 
far from the wicked, but He heareth the prayer ol 
the righteous." Of apostate Israel Isaiah declared. 
"This people draweth nigh unto me with their lips: 
but their heart is far from me." (Matt. 15 :8) . Again 
Isaiah pled. "Behold, the Lord's hand is not short- 
ened, that He cannot save; neither His ear heavy 
that He cannot hear; but your iniquities have sepajl 
rated between you and your God, and your sins haVi 



March 6, 1943 

hid His face from you, that He will not hear." (Isa. 
59:1, 2). God cannot look with favor upon sin. It 
can have no place in His presence. Did not God with- 
hold His presence from Jesus, when upon Him "was 
laid the iniquity of us all;" and was it not this that 
caused Jesus to cry, "My God! my God! Why hast 
thou forsaken me?" Sin drove Adam and Eve from 
the Garden of Eden and drove Cain from the pres- 
ence of the Lord. Sin estranged King Saul from God. 

God is near or far away as we, by faith and de- 
votion, receive Him, or, by doubt, unbelief or re- 
jection, shut Him out of our hearts. "The Lord is 
nigh unto all that call upon Him, to all that call upon 
Him in truth." (Ps. 145:18). But insincerity and 
hypocrisy do surely prevent the presence of God, for 
"all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of 
Him with whom we have to do." (Heb. 4:13). Again 
we read, "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a 
broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite 
spirit." (Ps. 34:-18). Humility and contrition se- 
cures the presence and favor of God. Jesus said, "If 
a man love me, he will keep my words; and my 
Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and 
make our abode with him." (John 14:23). Again He 
said, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock ; if any 
man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come 
in unto him, and will sup with- him, and he with me." 
(Rev. 3:20). 

What delightfully close fellowship we have with 
God through Jesus Christ our Lord. How intimate 
was the relation between Jesus and the Father. Jesus 



claimed that the Father had sent Him, that He and 
the Father were one and that He did always those 
things that pleased the Father. He desired His fol- 
lowei's to experience the same intimacy with Himself 
and with the Father. It was His earnest prayer 
"That they all may be one; as thou. Father, art in 
me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us. 
... I in them, and thou in me, that they may be 
made perfect in one." (John 17:21-23). Jesus made 
special provision for such relationship when He sent 
the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts to help and 
to direct us always. Verily, "Now, in Christ Jesus, 
ye who sometimes were afar off, are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." (Eph. 2:13). "Having there- 
fore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by 
the blood of Jesus, ... let us draw near with a true 
heart, in full assurance of faith." (Heb. 10:19-22). 

When we have been delivered from the limitations 
of the flesh and of the world, then we will enjoy the 
perfect nearness of God. It is comforting and as- 
suring to recall that Jesus prayed, "Father, I will 
that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me 
where I am." (John 17:24) ; and that He said, "I go 
to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare 
a place for you, I will come again, and receive you 
unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also." 
(John 14:1-2). Then "we shall be like Him; for we 
shall see Him as He is;" and "we shall walk with 
Him in white." / 

— Huntington, Indiana. 



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Winning Souls in the Bible School 



Rev. J. M. Botvman 



'He that ivinneth souls is wise." (Proverbs 11:39.) 



A man who did not attend Sunday School troubled 
his little Mary veiy much, but finally she got him 
persuaded to go, for he wanted to please her. He. 
himself, was much pleased and went again the next 
Sunday. He was converted and began the work of 
organizing Sunday Schools in different parts of the 
country until he housed 70,000 children. He that i-^ 
filled with the Holy Spirit will be successful in win- 
ning many souls. "A little child shall lead them." 

In many churches and Bible Schools, the Holy 
Spirit does not have His way, as in the days of the 
early church. They would send their Spirit-filled 
members out to teach the Word of Truth. Today 
they seldom send those out. Modernism will not allow 
that. Satan says, "Do not send them." 

Every great spiritual awakening since the days of 
our Lord has usually met with violent opposition, and 



that from within the church. God pity the church 
or individual that will refuse the light when it is 
revealed. It is hard woi'k to see over a mountain 
before you reach the top. 

There is a great movement in a number of church 
schools for soul saving. Not to wait for coming re- 
vivals to call them out ; but to get them converted 
and have their help in the saving of sinners during 
the meeting to follow. A Bible school with a cold, 
and spiritless teachers, will never be a success in 
soul saving. There is a great need of deeply conse- 
crated leaders in the Bible School. There is much 
lacking in Bible school study today. Teachers and 
officers are often appointed from a standpoint of 
popularity, rather than spiritual fitness. 

A consecrated young teacher will do all he or she 
can to lead the way for all their class to know the 



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Lord. Then the way is much better and it is a delight 
to lead them along the Christian highway. The teach- 
er will find it a great pleasure to lead them in the 
steps of Jesus. A young teacher had a class of twelve 
or fifteen young men that were not converted. She 
tried to get them to leave their sinful paths, but 
could not make any progress. She went to the Su- 
perintendent, who was about in the same dilemma. 
But he told her to go to their homes and pray with 
them, and for them, and the results were mai*velous, 
and it was not long until all had "chosen that good 
part" and were on their way to heaven. 

Another parallel story. A young woman had a class 
of girls out of Christ. It seems she had no success 
in leading them to find the Lord. She, too, went to 
the Superintendent, who also was in about as much 
of a dilemma as she was. He told her to go to the 
minister who had better judgment in spiritual mat- 
ters. The minister asked her whether she had Jesus 
in her own heart. She replied, "Yes . . . but — " He 
said, "If you have Him there, there will be no room 
for 'buts' there." She caught the vision; went to 
praying, and came before her class the next Sun- 
day with peace in her eyes and joy in her heart. The 
girls saw it and rejoiced with her, and, in a very 
short time, all were saved. All worked hard; stud- 
ied more faithfully and put forth energy to save 
souls. 

"He that winneth souls is wise." Teach them the 
way they should go. The Bible school ought to be 
a pl3.ce to give birth to many Christians. The teach- 
ers should learn to know that there would be "joy 
among the angels in heaven over one child that is 
brought into the kingdom." 

Hallelujah! Glory to the souls saved in the Bible 
School. 

JV-, — Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

SPECIAL NOTICE | 

There are a few churches that have not sent 
in their WHITE GIFT OFFERING. As we 
desire to publish the report in full very soon, 
we are asking that if you have not sent in 
your offering that you do so at once. Other- 
wise your offering will not appear in the 
printed list at this time. 

We wish to express appreciation for the 
promptness of most of the church treasur- j 
ers. Why not make this report a 100% report? ^ 

Send all WHITE GIFT OFFERINGS to : | 

i 

Dr. L. E. Lindower, Treasurer, j 

520 Samaritan Avenue, } 

Ashland, Ohio. ^ 




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Member of the Park Street Brethren 

Church of Ashland, Ohio 
Chosen Ashland College May Queen 




A signal honor was given to one of the members 
of the Park Street Brethren Church of Ashland, 
Ohio, when Miss Mary Bott, a Junior in Ashland 
College was elected as the coming May Queen by 
the student body on Wednesday, February 24th. 

Quoting the Ashkhiid Collegian, weekly paper of 
the College, we bring you the following account as 
printed there in this last week's issue of that paper. 

"Miss Mary Bott will reign as the 26th Queen of 
May at the Ashland College May Day festivities this 
spring. 

"In the annual May Queen election held in the 
chapel Wednesday moi'ning she won her third major 
honor here on the campus. The first honor bestowed 
upon her was a year ago last fall when the varsity 
football team chose her to rule the campus on Home- 
coming. Only about a month and a half ago she won 
the honor of being the most typical college co-ed on 
the campus in an election sponsored by The Colle- 
gian." 

Miss Bott will be remembered by many of those 
who attended the summer camp at Shipshewana 
Lake. She graduated from the courses in this camp. 
She is a member of the Ashland College Girls' Trio, 
which has won distinction in the Ashland community. 



March 6, 1943 



Word From the Peace 
Committee 



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CHARLES WEBB AT COLUMBIA 

An unusual opportunity has come to Brother 
Charles Webb of Goshen, Indiana. For several 
months now, he has been with a group of approxi- 
mately sixty men at the University of Columbia, in 
a special study of Relief Administration. For some 
months Charles has been educational Director at 
Camp Lagro in Civilian Public Service. He was chos- 
en from our church, with two from the Church of 
the Brethren, to join in the Columbia course. 

This fact should not be overlooked, namely, that 
30% of this group are from C. P. S. Camps, 20% 
from other civilians, and 50% are naval officers. Ac- 
cording to a report from the Gospel Messenger, the 
civilian students are preparing for service in Relief 
Administration and Social Reconstruction in Europe. 

Mr. Webb has been a teacher in Indiana schools. 
He received his Master's degree at Indiana Univer- 
sity, after having attended Ashland College, gradu- 
ating in 1938. His parents were missionaries from 
our church in South America a number of yeai's ago. 
His widowed mother lives in Goshen, Indiana. 

The Peace Committee feels that this very unusual 
opportunity to one of our young men deserves this 
bit of publicity. We feel also that the present conflict 
and the period following will require the best we can " 
give and surely there will be a place and a respon- 
sibility for eveiyone in his owm field of service. 

: The Peace Committee, 

E. M. Riddle, Secretary. 



TO AVOID CONFUSION 

SEND YOUR OFFERINGS TO THE FOLLOW- 
ING: ■ /■ 

ALL MISSIONARY OFFERINGS 

To The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 
Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith, Secretary, 
524 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 

WHITE GIFT OFFERING 

To Dr. L. E. Lindower, Treasurer, 
520 Samaritan Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 

PUBLICATION DAY OFFERING 

To The Brethren Publishing Company, 
524 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio -■'^v! ■ ■ 

THE BENEVOLENT OFFERING 

To Rev. L. V. King, Treasurer, r 

931 College Blvd., . , J^ 

Ashland, Ohio ..-i !, ./ 

EDUCATIONAL DAY OFFERING 

(For Ashland College and Seminary) 
To Ashland College, 
Ashland, Ohio. 'j.. . , 



We suggest that you either make a copy fff this 
list and place it in your church record books for fu- 
ture reference, or clip this announcement and so 
preserve it. Often confusion arises from sending the 
offering to the wrong Board and address, making it 
difficult to adjust. Just follow the above instructions 
and there will be no mistake. 




(Note — In a recent communication to the editorial office, 
Sister Maud Webb, mother of Brother Charles Webb, sends 
Charles' address, and asks that his friends write him. The 
address is as follows: 

Mr. Charles Webb, 
International House, 
500 Riverside Drive, 
New York City, N. Y. 

We are sure that Charles will enjoy any letters that he may 
receive — Editor. ) 

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The Creator has never released ownership of any life. By 
creation and then by redemption we are his. When one is 
really gripped by this truth of Scripture and experience, life 
indeed davims anew. — Bishop Cushman, in "Will a Man Rob 
God?" 



Immortality is the Glorious Discovery of Christianity.- 
— Channing. 



In Palestine the road from Armageddon to Bethlehem is 
rugged road, but it is not long. — Christian Century. 



IT SEEMS TO ME 

The "Kingdom" idea is central to the plan 
and purpose of God. The failure of the world 
kingdoms is written large in all of history. 
The world order is warped and ruined by sin. 
Its reformation is clearly inadequate and im- 
possible. God's plan is to bring in something 
new and adequate, and that is a Kingdom of 
His own making and based upon Divine 
righteousness in Jesus Christ. Or so it sems 
to me. 

The Mentor. 



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MODERATOR OF GENERAL CONFERENCE 

REPORTS FOR NAVY DUTY 

MARCH 1st. 



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Prof. J. Garber Drushal,.Head of the Department 
I. of Speech at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, 
1 and Moderator of the General Conference of Breth- 
\ ren Churches, reported for duty in the United States 
Navy on March 1, 1943. He will take his basic train- 
ing in Columbus, and for the present, at least, can 
be addressed at his home address, .5411/0 Drexel Ave- 
nue, Columbus, Ohio. 

Brother Drushal has taken an active part in the 
preparation for the forthcoming "Founders' Day" 
celebration which is scheduled for Sunday, March 
28th. 

Elsewhere in this issue will be found reference to 
a call sent out by Brother Drushal, as chairman of 
General Conference. This is in anticipation of the 
reports that are urged submitted to The Evangelist 
the Steering Committee, to the various committees of- 
fer publication, in order that the general Brother- 
hood may be better informed as to the work that is 
being done throughout the entire denomination. Also 
you will find a report of the Steering Committee, and 
an announcement concerning the report of the Com- 
mittee on the Spiritual State of the Churches. 

We trust that Brother Drushal may be released 
for sufficient time to be with the General Conference 
this fall, at least for a part of the sessions. 

Men say that because the world is at war it is utter folly 
to try to proclaim any gospel of Christianity. And yet, I 
am sure that on just a moment's reflection we see that that is 
a mistake. The great task of Christianity ought to be to hold 
its ideals before the world at the present time, admitting 
the contradiction; saying that we do not claim to have at- 
tained to anything like complete success in preaching Chris- 
tianity, but that we're holding the ideals on high for the sake 
of the day that is to come. — Bishop McConnell. 




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In accordance with a suggestion made recently that we 
run a list of "Bulletin Board Slogans," we have asked Rev. 
E. J. Beekley, pastor of our church at West Alexandria, Ohio, 
to supply us with a short list each week. This he has kindly 
consented to do. The first of the lists appears below. We will 
try to have such a list in each issue of The Evangelist every 
week, with the possible exception of the Missionary issue. 

The bulletin board can be made to preach definite sermons 
to those who pass it each day. If frequent changes are made 
on that board, the general public will come to look for it 
and thus receive a message that they can carry in their hearts 
throughout the day or week. Try it and see. Too often the 
bulletin board is left only to tell the name of the church and 
the pastor's name, together with the hours of service. It can 
be made to serve a deeper and richer purpose. 

SUGGESTED SLOGANS 

The Fool hath said in his heart — There is no God. 



When the World is at its Worst, 
The Church must be at its Best. 
***** 
Be not deceived — God is NOT mocked. 

Trouble and perplexity drive us to prayer. 
Prayer drives away trouble and perplexity. 

Remember the Sabbath Day — to Keep it Holy. 

* * * * * 

Our day of spiritual power lies in tomorrow, not in yester- 
day. Use it. 



Stewardship implies planning, and applies to TIME as well 
as MONEY. 

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Our Constant Prayer 

Thou, who made the moon, the star. 
And flung them in the sky afar. 
And set the sun to shine by day 
To drive the shades of night away — 
We trust Thy hand to guide and hold 
And make our witness ever bold ; 
To keep our feet within the way, 
That Thou dost plan from day to day. 

F. C. V. 



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March 6, 1943 



WORK OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE STEERING COMMITTEE 



REPORT OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE 

The 1942 Conference of the Brethren Church at 
Ashland, Ohio, authorized the appointment of the 
Moderator, Vice-Moderator, and Secretary to serve 
as a steering committee with the purpose : "to keep 
the chui'ches throughout the year in closer contact 
with General Conference deliberations and to sys- 
tematically and continuously keep befoi-e our 
churches the work that General Conference has laid 
out." 

The steering committee has sponsored two inno- 
vations with these objectives in mind : 

1. A Founders' Day celebration for March 28 has 
been planned along with a special issue of the Evan- 
gelist for the week preceding. This event was sched- 
uled to renew in our thinking a consciousness of the 
heritage that is distinctly Brethren. 

2. The call for mid-year reports from the various 
committees and boards is a further work of the steer- 
ing committee. As has been noted elsewhere, this was 
done with the view to keep before the churches the 
activities of the boai'ds and conunittees during the 
year. 

Further activities of the steering committee will 
be reported from time to time. 

Respectfully submitted, 
J. Garber Drushal, Moderator 
C. A. Stewart, Vice-Moderator 
L. E. Lindower, Secretary. 



CALL FOR REPORTS FROM ALL BOARDS AND 

COMMITTEES OF THE GENERAL 

CONFERNCE 

The steering committee appointed by the last Gen- 
eral Conference is to "systematically and continu- 
ously keep before our chui'ches the work that the 
General Conference has laid out." 

It is the belief of the committee that one of the 
best ways that this can be accomplished is to have 
mid-year (if not more frequent) reports from each 
committee and board listed on page 58 and 60 of the 
1942-43 Brethren Annual, appear in the Evangelist. 
In this way the work of the individual committees 
will more frequently be brought to the attention of 
:he denomination, and in this manner they may ex- 
aect a higher degree of interest in their activities. 
Therefore, the steering committee is issuing a call 
'or these reports to be sent to the editor of The Evan- 
gelist, Rev. F. C. Vanator. The committee would ap- 
preciate it, if at all possible, the submission of these 
sports to the editor by April 1, 1943. He is anxious 



to publish them from time to time as they are sub- 
mitted, j^ 

Obviously there will be some exceptions to this 
request. Fii'st, because certain boards and commit- 
tees have issues of The Evangelist and other regular 
means of reporting to the denomination; and sec- 
ondly, because a few of the committees function only 
at Conference time. The committees and boards ex- 
cepted from these reports are: Missionary Board, 
Executive Committee, Brethren Home and Benevo- 
lent Board, Brethren Publishing Company, Finance 
Committee, Committee on Moderator's Address, 
Resolutions Committee, and Rules and Organizations 
committee. 

Letters expressing this suggestion have already 
been sent to the chairman and presidents of the 
boards and committees. The steering committee 
wishes to express its appreciation in advance for 
the cooperation in this program to keep the church 
informed of our work and progress. 



STATE OF THE CHURCHES 
CONCERNING REPORT OF THE SPIRITUAL 

The function of this committee is to survey the 
growth and development of the denomination 
through which the spiritual life of the individual con- 
gregations, which is usually done throughout the 
course of the year culminating in a report of the 
Modei'ator in his address at the General Conference. 

The Moderator has already advised with the va- 
rious members of this committee anticipating a com- 
plete survey of each district prior to the General 
Conference of 1943. w 



A REQUEST 

TO ALL PASTORS AND MEMBERS OF THE 

BRETHREN CHURCH 

There are a number of families who are members 
of The Brethren Church in various parts of the coun- 
try, that have moved to Washington, D. C. or its vi- 
cinity who will be lost to The Brethren Church un- 
less contacted at once. 

If you know of such people, please send their 
names and addresses at once to : 

Rev. Clarence S. Fairbanks, 
4238 Suitland Road, 
Anacostia, D. C. 



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PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Prayer Meeting Topics 

LESSON 16 
Subject: The Return and Preparation of Israel. 

1. The Apostles preached redemption through the Redeem- 
er, also His second coming in glory and power. Acts 3:19, 
20, 21. 

2. "The times of restitution" partly refers to the return of 
Israel. Acts 3:21. 

3. Israel is "the miracle of the ages." Though scattered, 
persecuted and enslaved, Israel still remains a most virile and 
flourishing people. Exodus 1:12. 

4 The Jew is everywhere; but nowhere is he at home. There 
will be a time when he will have a home. Ezekiel 37:21, 22. 

5. Israel's punishment is only for a period of time. Isaiah 
6:11, 12; Romans 11:25; Luke 21:24; Jeremiah 30:34; Mat- 
thew 23:39. 

6. The Jews will all return to Palestine at the time of the 
restoration. Jeremiah 3:18; Isaiah 11:11; Isaiah 43:5, 6; Ezek- 
iel 34:13, 14, 15; Ezekiel 39:28, 29. 

7. A great maritime nation is to espouse the cause of the 
Jews. Isaiah 60:9-15. 

8. The restoration is to be permanent. Amos 9:15. 

9. It will take place when the "set time" has come. Zech- 
ariaVi 12:9; Zephaniah 3:16, 17. 

10. Don't forget to pray daily for sad, sad Israel. Genesis 
12:3. 



RELIGION IN TIMES LIKE THESE 

A report concerning the status of religion in England dur- 
ing the years of war declares that there has been no marked 
turning to the church. A young couple, living in a typical 
American town, expressed surprise at the utter indiiference 
to religion in these serious times on the part of their friends 
and neighbors. 

Perhaps the church is partly at fault in that she allows 
other interests and demands to take the place of her primary 
work in times of war. And members of the church may be 
tempted, because of the many calls for community service, 
to give a secondary place to the claims of the church. 

A timely word appears in the current number of the Fed- 
eral Council Bulletin. "War affects evangelism," it says. "The 
common belief is that war has a beneficial effect on Evan- 
gelism, that it stimulates revivals of religion which result 
in unusual numerical increases in the church. Unfortunately, 
the facts indicate quite the opposite effects." It then reveals 
the results of a study made by the late Dr. Herman C. Weber, 
concerning the effects of war on evangelism for the period 
of 1849-1937, indicating that war has always resulted in 
evangelistic losses. 

Let the church not lose sight of her main task now, and 
let her prepare herself with an evangelistic message and pro- 
gram for a cynical post-war period. — F. W. S. 



The Word of God 

Torn, condemned, burned, 
Hated, despised, cursed, 
Doubted, suspected, criticised, 
Yet it lives. 

Yet it lives 
As a lamp to our feet, 
As a light to our paths, 
As the gate to heaven. 

Yet it lives 

As a guide to youth. 

As an inspiration to the matured, 

As a comfort for the aged. 

Yet it lives 

As life for the dead, 

As salvation for the sinner, 

As grace for the Christian. 

To know it is to love it, , 
To love it is to accept it, 
To accept it means Life Eternal. 

— Willard L. Johnson. 



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I believe that booze is a curse to humanity ; wheth- 
er sold in a tavern, brothel, or by a bootlegger. It 
demoralizes and ruins individuals, communities, and 
states from the time it leaves the coiled worm in the 
distillery until it empties in a hell of crime, dis- 
honor, misery and death. The records of the cen- 
turies show it has been the greatest curse to man- 
kind. — Senator William E. Borah. 



The moon is a mirror ; the sun a radiant fire. The 
one reflects in dimness its borrowed rays; the other 
pours forth in splendor its own light from an inner 
burning. The fires of divine passion cannot be bound, 
but burst forth into the radiance of a glory-filled 
life. When the heart "thrills" with pent-up emotion, 
it "enlarges" into inspired expressions that beam 
predictions. The radium piercing through earth and 
the star through heaven bespeak the radiance like 
to a soul on fire with faith and hope and love. All 
these are sourced in the heart of God and manifest 
in His incarnation. "The Light of the world is 
Jesus!" 



The Cross is the Key. If I lose this key, I fumble. 
The universe will not open to me. But with the key 
in my hand and heart I Icnow I hold its secret. — Stan- 
ley Jones. 



March 6, 1943 



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The Bible and the Post-War 
World 

Rev. Willimn C. Kernan 

If we ever needed testimony to the profound im- 
pression that the Bible has made upon this civiliza- 
tion of ours we are finding it today in the various 
plans put forth for the organization of the post-war 
world. 

Even a casual perusal of them will reveal that we 
cannot even think of the world after this war is over 
without thinking at the same time in terms of equal 
rights for men everywhere. We are being told by 
high authorities that the kind of world we should 
strive for is one in which it will be possible for every 
child to have a quart of milk a day, a world in which 
people will be fully employed, well-fed, well-housed, 
and well-clothed. It is proposed, too, that the demo- 
cratic principle of minority rights be recognized 
and obsei'ved, that weaker peoples be protected by 
the strong nations and educated against the day 
when they shall be competent to govern themselves, 
that, wherever possible, people be guaranteed the 
right to choose their own form of government, that, 
finally, world chaos be replaced by world govern- 
ment through the adoption of some form of federal 
world union. 

An analysis of these proposals will show that they 
are all based on the conviction that man is sacred 
in his person without reference to color, or race, or 
the part of the earth which he inhabits, that the 
democracies have a direct responsibiliy for the wel- 
fare of mankind, and that we consider war an evil 
which must be avoided in the future. Further analy- 
sis will show that these convictions are rooted in 
the Holy Scriptures and that the only valid reason 
for our ability to think in terms of the sacredness 
of human life and of world justice based upon order 
is because God's Word has been a lamp unto our feet 
and a light unto our path. 

It is imperative, however, to point out that the 
kind of world we hope for can never exist if we 
simply depend upon organization. It can exist only 
if there are enough people in it who can say to God 
in sincerity and truth, "0 how I love thy law! it is 
my meditation all the day. Thou through thy com- 

andments hast made me wiser than mine enemies : 
for they are ever with me ... I have refrained my 
feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy 
word." (Psalm 119:97, 97, 101). A righteous world 
can be sustained and ordered only by a righteous 
people. 



"in 
m: 



FORGIVENESS, A TEST 

We cannot help being sorry for persons who are 
made to face the necessity, or at least the advisabil- 
ity, of demonstrating the genuineness of their Chris- 
tian spirit by exercising forgiveness, when their 
whole being naturally fights against doing so. To 
forgive is not natural, but vengeance is. But Chris- 
tians dare not forget that Jesus made willingness 
to forgive "until seventy times seven" a test for His 
followers. "To err is human, to forgive divine," wrote 
a poet. We reach Godward when we "forgive those 
who trespass against us." 

Willingness to forgive may be our hardest strug- 
gle even in relation to a member of our own family, 
our own church, or our own social group. We can 
parade almost every other mark of Christian living 
without feeling foolish about it, but to forgive openly 
seems too much like weakness. It sounds so much 
more courageous to shout, "I will get even; ven- 
geance shall be mine," than to face an offender with 
extended hand and say, "I forgive you." 

But, as most of us know, more genuine satisfaction 
comes from forgiveness than from revenge. We 
never need worry whether or not we did right when 
we forgave the oflrender, but it is not always easy to 
sleep after we have heaped revenge on another. To 
forgive brings us no shame, to get even often makes 
us blush. We would hesitate to ask God to bless us 
for refusing to forgive, especially when we think 
seriously about His forgiving us "all that debt" for 
His Son's sake. It is well to remember that a fine 
test of a genuine Christian spirit is willingness to 
forgive. 



IN SPITE OF BOMBS, labor shortage, submarines and 
other trials of war, 3,000 Bibles, which barely escaped de- 
struction by bombing, are now on their way to the heart of 
Africa, reports the American Bible Society. These Bibles are 
for the Luba Lulua people, three million of whom live in 
the heart of the Belgian Congo. 

It was almost three years ago that the American Bible 
Society delivered the corrected manuscript to the printers 
in England. The work was scarcely begun when the war broke 
out. Compositors and pressmen were called to the colors. 
Priorities on metal and paper further impeded the progress. 
Nevertheless, by March of 1940 the galley and page proofs 
had been read. 

Then fell a bomb which, though it did not damage the 
plates, did destroy the entire stock of paper preserved for 
the Bibles. After this and other delays the entire edition of 
3,000 Luba Lulua Bibles was finally printed and bound. Be- 
cause it was too hazardous to ship the precious cargo from 
England direct to Africa, the Bibles were sent to New York 
where they arrived safely at the headquarters of the Ameri- 
can Bible Society in January. 

As soon as shipping space can be found, the books \vi\\ be 
sped on the second leg of their journey through submarine- 
infested seas to their destination in Africa. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Topics copyriEhted by the International Society of Christian Endeayor. 
Used by permission," 




Topic for March 21, 1943 

"THE BEATITUDES: WHAT THEY MEAN TO ME" 

Scripture Lesson Matt. 5:3-12 

For The Leader 

Our earnest ambition as young Christians should be to grow- 
in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
From the very beginning of our Christian life we should 
endeavor to learn more about Christ, and about His purpose 
in our lives as we live here. Through prayer and Bible study 
we shall learn His will in our lives. Through our constant 
walk with Christ we shall find our Christian experience be- 
coming stronger and more helpful every day. 

The Beatitudes furnish us with a progressive picture of 
Christian advancement which is important to us. They are 
literally stepping stones of victory on the road to "higher 
altitudes" of spiritual life. They are the steps which lead us 
to the knowledge of Truth in Christ. 

QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION 

1. Who are the "blessed" of the earth? 

2. Are the Beatitudes practical in this present time of war 
and strife ? 

3. How can we best live the teachings of the Beatitudes 
today? \.'. 

DISCUSSION 

1. THE FIRS-T BEATITUDE MEANS HUMILITY. If we 
are to reach the glories of heaven it v.'ill be necessary that 
we first bury our pride and become humble before God. The 
first thing, then, that we must do is to "become poor in 
Spirit," that is, that we see ourselves as we really are — 
sinners in the sight of God. Thus our humble spirits will be 
recognized by God; salvation forthcoming through our faith 
and acceptance of Christ; and we shall be on our road to 
the higher planes of spiritual living. If we miss this first step 
of humility, we shall follow the others to no avail. 

2. THE SECOND BEATITUDE MEANS PENITENCE. 
Literally we mourn for the sin which we have committed. And 
when we realize the greatness of our filthy sin we shall truly 
mourn. But when we confess our sin in tears, then the com- 
fort of the Spirit will wipe our penitent tears away. It is a 
proud and self-righteous spirit thus shown the error of his 
ways, and in sorrow and remorse, repents of his evil deeds. 
Each person must come to Christ in this way. Christ hears, 
and forgives, so that our sins are remembered against us no 
more. It is certainly a comfort to know that the awful mark 
of sin is removed from us through the blood of Christ. 

3. THE THIRD BEATITUDE MEANS MEEKNESS. We 
find here that after we have replaced our own wills with the 
will of Christ that we have a new Spirit within us. Whereas 
before our spirit was one of self-will, hatred, lust, greed, that 
now we have the Spirit of love, righteousness and submission 
to God's will. This does not mean that we lack determination, 
courage and fight, but it does mean that our strength, talents 
and possessions will be dedicated to our Lord rather than 
used to our own satisfaction. It is this Spirit of meekness 
and submission to God which will some day rule the peoples 
of the earth. 



4. THE FOURTH BEATITUDE MEANS SPIRITUAL 
HUNGER. Amos 8:11 tells of a day to come when people 
will hunger for the Word of God, and it will not be found. 
Today we have the Bible, and we Christians are sadly lax 
in our desire to read and study it. As some one has put it, 
"Although the Bible is still the best seller of all Books, it is 
the least read of any by its buyers; perhaps that explains 
why we have the conditions we have today." We Christians 
are to hunger and thirst after the Bread of Life and the 
Water of Life. Wlien we read and study the Bible, we are 
filled with spiritual food which helps us to become stronger 
in our Christian living. This is a very important step in 
ascending spiritual altitudes and higher ground. 

5. THE FIFTH BEATITUDE MEANS MERCY AND 
COMPASSION. Following the first four steps of personal 
preparation we are now ready to go into our relationships to 
others. As Christians we are to show mercy to our fellow- 
men each day. Children soon learn which adults show them 
kindness and which ones do not. They naturally cling to 
those who are kind to them. People, all of them, are much 
this same way. Our lives must show forth the kindness and 
mercy which comes to us through Christ. If we treat others 
in a kind way, they will learn to appreciate us, and may even 
come to us when they need help. And if we desire mercy from 
others, we must treat them with mercy. If we desire mercy 
from God we must walk on this stepping stone of mercy. 

6. THE SIXTH BEATITUDE MEANS PURENESS OF 
HEART. Nothing is so ideal in life as a respectable young i 
person with high moral standards and character. These young 
people, while possibly not popular with the dancing, drinking, 
immoral group of young people, are nevertheless secretly 
envied by that gang because of their purity and cleanness. 
Christian young people who are pure in heart and body are; 
the most precious gems and jewels in the world today. To so 
live does take courage and prayer, but it is the life that counts 
in the long run. It is this Christian purity group which shall 
some day see God! 



7. THE SEVENTH BEATITUDE MEANS LIVING IN 
PEACE. How many times we have seen the unrest despair 
and uncertainty expressed on the faces oft young people whci 
did not have their trust in Christ. And on other faces Wf 
have seen a certainty and sureness which comes only frorr 
knowing that "whate'er may come, we cannot drift beyont 
His love and care." Young people may not always expresi 
it in so many words but the careful observer can see thi 
diff'erence written on their faces. Christ does bring peace t 
the heart and soul and body. As the assuring peace of th 
presence of a capable friend in times of distress, so the calm 
ness and optimism of Christian youth can bring peace t 
others as they go to school, work, etc. If we young people wi 
always show that peace we have in Christ, then others, seein 
us, will take heart again. 



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8. THE EIGHTH BEATITUDE MEANS SUFFERING I 
SERVICE. The world does not like Christian young peopl 
Their every effort is to destroy our good name, our puri1 
and our character, plus our faith in Christ. These forces ai 
on every hand. School and school functions, friendships, soci; 
activities all carry the temptations which Christian youi 
people must constantly guard against. To stand for Chrii 
righteousness, and purity, means that we shall be "pen 
cuted." But there are great rewards in heaven for us wl 
do not give in to the evil temptations of the present daj 
Christ needs consecrated young people to be the leaders 
the Church today and tomorrow. We compose that sel 
group if we are willing to do what is asked of us in livi 
for Christ. 



March 6, 1943 



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BIBLE QUIZ ON THE TOPIC 

1. What are the rewards of humility? Proverbs 22:4; Matt. 
18:4; Lulce 14:11; James 4:6. 

2. What are the promises to the repentant^ II Chronicles 
7:14; Isaiah 55:7; Acts 2:38. 

3. For what should all Christians be hungry and thirsty ? 
I Peter 2:2; Psalms 143;6; Isaiah 58:11. 

4. What are the promises to those who "suffer for the 
name of Christ?" Matt. 10:22; II Corinthians 4:11; Matt. 
19:29; Romans 8:17. 



Our Children's 
Department 

I 

*i* IVTrs. Uoretta Carrithers 




Superintendent 



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Dear Children: 



When George Washington was sixteen years of age he was 
appointed public surveyor. Lord Fairfax sent him to measure 
and map out his large estate in Virginia. It was a new coun- 
try filled with Indians and wild beasts. There was a great deal 
of danger connected with it, but Lord Fairfax knew that he 
could trust the lad. George might have said, "I'm here where 
no one can see me. Why should I risk my life? I'll just stay 
near the edge of the wilderness and draw a map as I think 
it ought to be. Nobody will ever know the difference, and 
I'll get my pay the same." But he didn't do that. 

He took a companion with him and tramped over the land. 
He had exciting times and ajmost lost his life, but he did 
his work so well that a few years ago when Government 
men were resurveying the land they found that George Wash- 
ington's measurements were absolutely correct. 

Lord Fairfax knew that he could trust George and was 
not disappointed. Wonder if people know that we are truthful. 

He was very fond of horses. His mother had a beautiful colt 
that was very wild. One day he rode the colt, and in trying 
;to throw his rider the animal fell over backward, broke a 
plood-vessel and died. George went into the house and told 
[lis mother all about it and didn't try to defend himself. 

At another time a liveryman offered to give a fine horse 
lo any man who could ride him to the next town and back 
Igain without being thrown. George mounted and rode away 
Ind soon came back still on the horse. The man said, "The 
lorse is yours," but Washington refused, saying that he had 
lean thrown once and had remounted. 

Some girls and boys are afraid to tell the truth at times 

pcause they dread the consequences. We should tell the truth 

all times no matter what happens. Falsehoods may appear 

help us for a while, but the truth will come to light some 

[ly. What then ? 

lA certain firm bought a large quantity of damaged beans. 
|iey put them into barrels and put a layer of the finest beans 
top, and marked each barrel, "First Class Beans." 

tetitflfrhey employed a young man to work for them who said 
leiiwillthe manager, "Do you think it is right to mark them that 
k3l''§-y?" The manager said, "Do you think you are the head of 



this firm? It is none of your affair, all you have to do is to 
sell the beans." / 

Soon a customer came in who wanted to buy several hun- 
dred barrels. The low price surprised him and made him sus- 
pect that something was wrong. He asked to see the beans. 
While there the buyer said, "Are these beans as good at the 
bottom as they are on the top?" The young man said to him- 
self, "Shall I lie for the firm or shall I tell the truth? I'll 
tell the truth no matter what happens." He replied. No sir, 
they are not." 

The man didn't buy, and as soon as he had departed the 
manager, who had heard the conversation, said to the clerk, 
"Here is your pay, we don't want a man like you." 

He lost his job, but he told the truth and his conscience was 
clear. A few weeks after the same manager sent for him and 
begged him to , come back at a larger salary, for he realized 
that the young man could be trusted and the business would 
be safe in his hands. 

The Bible advises us to tell the truth. "Let your yea be 
yea and your nay be nay." We should say what we mean 
and mean what we say. That made Washington great. That 
is why the Colonies trusted him with the first presidency, 
and that is why he became the Father of his Country. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 



Aunt Loretta. 



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SILENT PRAYER AT THE LORD'S' TABLE 

Faith Elsie Cummings '', 

The church is hushed, all heads are bowed. 
As with accord each one, 
Has ceased from thoughts of minor things 
Or needs of tasks undone. 



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Before us are the Emblems spread, 
The loaf and cup we share; 
Together we commune with Him 
Prepared by silent prayer. 

Alone we pray though all around, 
Are friends and loved ones, dear. 
They enter not our consciousness, 
His voice alone we hear. 

That He will graciously forgive 
The sins of every day, 
The careless word, the unkind deed, 
Dear Lord, we humbly pray. 

Unspoken thoughts like as on wings 
Our love and faith may bear, 
Accept, Lord, the homage that 
We bring in silent prayer. 



"How can a God of love send people to hell?" is a 
question ofttimes raised. God has done his utmost, 
gone the wliole way of love to present it, by sending 
his Son to the cross. 

But God is holy, sin is a reality and man has free- 
dom of choice. He has to spurn God's love and go 
past the cross to go to destruction. 



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News From Our 
Churches 



TRAVEL FLASHES 

(Enroute) 

My destination was Cerro Gordo, 111., where my February 
engagement was to claim my effort and energy with the 
Brethren there. I was well and happy in anticipation and 
made my trip more enticing by planning to pass two of our 
former parishes for Sunday engagements. Accordingly, 1 
WTote to Dr. J. R. Schutz at North Manchester, and Claud 
Studebaker at South Bend, advising that I would pass their 
ways and incidentally, if they desired, I would preach. I once 
experienced such self-imposed appointments by an older 
brother and just thought I'd try it. It worked in both in- 
stances. The apostle Paul seems to have done a bit of that 
in his day. I had an exhilarating experience in both churches; 
saw scores of good friends, was "helped" financially in my 
trip and earned my "board and room" or, at least, got it. 

Separated 

I had a good deal of jest telling people that wife and I 
had separated the 11th of October, when she went to help 
daughter Dorcas move from Buffalo to Chicago. Since that 
time we had been separated save for a few hours on two 
occasions. It was simply one of those separations that seemed 
to be the right thing for the time. It was not too nice; but 
it does seem that "absence makes the heart grow fonder" 
for we have been very happy to be "joined together" again. 
Now for four weeks, we have been husband and wife again 
as we sojourn in this very fine work for the Lord. 

Even in my Automobile 

Against her advice, I motored on this trip. For a whole 
month, my car sat idle and mileage accumulated to make this 
trip possible. It was an icy trip, all save a few miles; but it 
is a great satisfaction to go thus. One can start and stop 
when and where one pleases; he can carry more "things" 
and have it when one is there. But this time, it did not prove 
to be so good from several angles. One never knows what 
will happen, and so, here is illustrated the greatest appeal 
of the evangelist: "be ready!" 

Another Accident 

Yes^ another! The fourth for each of us, not all the same 
one. We had gone with the McCartneysmiths to visit the 
Tomb of Abraham Lincoln during the month of his birth — 
only 52 miles away. An ideal day and with ideal hosts, we 
were just coming to "the end of a perfect day" when alas! in 
Springfield, 111., about 5 P. M., with the happy experience 
and emotions of the day behind us (as we thought) driving 
homeward at a main intersection of streets, with a concealed 
stop sign on our side of the street (which none of us four 
saw) hidden by a parked truck, a partly intoxicated driver, 
with the end of his front bumper, hit the rear hub of our car 
swerving us one-fourth around, jamming the ladies in the 
back seat against the sides and we stopped with Mrs. Bame 
crying, "My back is broken" and acting like it. A First Aid 
man was soon on the spot calling a doctor and the Police 
Ambulance. While I went with her to the hospital, McCartney- 
smiths took care of the car. There she remained two days 



and is yet very sore, but with no broken bones, thank the 
good Lord. 

The evangelist also had a bad bruise on his chest because 
of being thrown against the steering wheel. We have nearly 
recovered after a week. I returned, leaving the wife in the 
hospital, preached twice the next day and carried on during 
this last week of the meeting. .. 

Cerro Gordo 

Here we have had a fine time in the work of the Lord. Here 
we have some of the thoroughbred Dunker stock. It is not 
easy to kill. Though ten years without a pastor and with 
some evangelism that was certainly lacking some of the 
"whole gospel" in the interim, several months with the Mc- 
Cartneysmiths has revived hope and courage and with a 
good deal of "new timber" which they added is now a welded 
part of this people who call for the whole gospel, like it, and 
will not be satisfied hereafter without it. They got it from 
their pastor and if I know how to give it, they got some 
more of it during these 21 days. The crowds have been con- 
sistently good and the interest and appreciation all one could 
ask or desire. The "eats" have been so wonderful that I 
weigh second heaviest in a lifetime. The results not yet 
counted will be reported by the pastor^ no doubt, and I shall 
not be ashamed even though one always sees no reason save 
sin and selfishness why they were not greater. We have had 
great pleasure working with this talented, consecrated couple 
and their people. Oh yes! And Daddy McCartney. 

Now Where? 

Our next engagement is Goshen, nearly a month away. 
Vacations so long as that irk me; but what am I to do after 
coaxing for churches to let me help them while cries go up 
all the time for more preachers ? However, I am already en- 
thused about Goshen. I was to have been there just at the i 
time when my health gave way and they have been so good j 
as to continue or renew their part of the contract. With so j 
many Dunker people thereabouts who always rally to my 
ministry with the pastor already alert and busy and with 
dear friends of a lifetime all 'around that city and nearby 
towns, I anticipate one of the happiest engagements of the. 
year. I crave the prayers of God's people for a continuation i 
of health, vigor and ambition to spend and be spent for the 
fullest employment in the work of the Lord. -, 

Charles A. Bame, Carey, Ohio, 



HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND 

It has been many months since the Evangelist receive 
word from this section of the "vineyard" thus I think it moE 
necessary that we give some account of our labors here. 

In general, the work of the church is in a fairly health! 
condition though there is altogether too much laxity on tlj 
part of many professed members to measure up to their rj 
sponsibilities. It is expecting too much to ever have a near 
perfect response from any congregational membership, h\ 
in times like these one does look for real development of t 
spiritual powers of our people as we face the troubles i 
around us. This congregation has seen some 34 of its you; 
men and young women enter the service of the country ai 
this very fact ought to argue for sobering reflection on i 
part of the rest of us who remain at home. Many peo 
certainly don't let such reflections turn their thoughts 
Christ and the Church, though, for they do nothing ab^li 
attending divine worship. However, attendance at Sun* 
School and church services is fair and the congregatior 
manifesting increased interest in the various departmi 
of national Church activity. 



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During our seventeen months as pastor here, the church has 
suffered no alarming losses by death — five members having 
passed away in that period. There has been comparatively 
little sickness also, for a congregation the size of this one. 
For these blessings we give thanks to the Heavenly Father. 

Since last report two members have been added by re- 
affirmation and letter, and four have been dismissed to unite 
with other congregations. 

From November 29th to December 6th, 1942 we had the 
very great pleasure of having Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 
with us for a series of special services. This was really 
Brother Klingensmith's first opportunity to become acquainted 
with this congregation and so far as our people are con- 
cerned the acquaintance was one of great blessing and spir- 
itual benefit. We have learned that one week is all too short 
for a preacher to enthuse a congregation and at the same 
time gather in converted people. This was eminently true of 
this meeting. Brother Klingensmith had just begun to make 
telling progress when he was under necessity to start west 
for another appointment. The audiences grew from night to 
night and on the closing evening the church really began to 
fill with interested people. "Ray" won a real place in the 
hearts of this people, and since the pastor and his family 
lad the joy of entertaining him in the parsonage he endeared 
himself to all of us especially. Our great hope is that he'll 
be able to come back to us again for a longer stay. There 
were no confessions of faith during the services but the real 
blessing we needed, and for which the meeting was held, was 
received in a fine measure. The interests of the Church, Mis- 
sions, the solidifying of personal convictions, emphasis on per- 
sonal evangelism, and a sane approach to mastery of the 
Word of God — were all stressed and all added up to the finest 
kind of spiritual blessing for those who attended the services. 
We wish to take this occasion to thank the Church as a whole 
for the services of Brother Klingensmith — a servant of God 
and a true servant of the Church. God bless him. 

Our Christmas services were truly enjoyable though the 
eather played all sorts of havoc with us in the way of a 

BOW and ice storm during Christmas week. A Christmas 
iperetta — "The Crosspatch Fairies" — was the center of in- 
irest in the Sunday School Christmas party, and the children 

^did themselves proud" in the way they delivered the operetta. 

Ve believe that everyone who attended the "party" had a 

ne and enjoyable evening. Besides the regular Christmas 

jrvices in the church, and the various "Class Parties" of the 

■ganized classes, the "C. E." also gave a Christmas Social 

'1 Monday evening, December 28th. This was a most enjoy- 

)le affair, with just the right kind of refreshments (for 

hich we thank Lloyd Moser, Earl McCauley and their good 

ves) some entertainment from our "College Girls," and a 

iristmas Comedy — "Pop Reads the Christmas Carol" played 

the young people themselves. We had a grand time that 

-lining. 

5ince Christmastime attendance at the worship services 
1 .6 been uniformly good and we face the weeks ahead until 
I ?ter Day with great expectation for a real ingathering of 
' 3l additions to the Body of Christ. Pray for us that the 
f y Spirit may work in a mighty way so that lives may be 
) n anew and so that the church in Hagerstown may move 
' vard to occupy advanced ground in the conflict against 
^ ng and evil in all their varied forms. 

ur prayers here are that the Brethren Church and all its 

, ' ed interests may move forward mightily and that we all 

1 s might do a worthy work for our God in the name of 



MASONTOWN, PA. 

The long looked for Evangelistic campaign is now recorded 
upon the pages of the past. Brother C. A. Stewart came on 
schedule and did his part in the meeting. This series was held, 
as all are now held, under abnormal handicaps. The mixed 
labor shifts keep a person guessing as whether to address 
some with "good morning," or "good evening," so sometimes 
we just played safe and said, "howdy." 

The weather with the exception of the Sundays was Spring 
like, with the accompanying rains. The Sundays were stormy 
and as a result cut down the general average of the attend- 
ance. Considering this loss, our average was 103 plus for all 
services of the meeting. 

Brother Stewart thought that our hills were mountains, 
so in order that there might be no mistake he was taken to 
the top of a neighboring mountain and showTi the difference. 

While we have been associated with Brother Stewart for 
a number of years in Conference work, and Mission Board 
work, this is the first time we ever hitched up together in 
an Evangelistic campaign. His coming was anticipated with 
pleasure, and there was no disappointment in the realization 
in the happiness of working together. Wherever he went he 
made friends and radiated sunshine which will long be remem- 
bered after his leaving the field. His sermons were understand- 
able, and true to the old Book. 

The visible results of the meeting were sixteen confessions, 
of which ten were baptized and received into the church the 
last Sunday of the meeting. Others will follow. 

The instrumental music was cared for under the direction 
of Mrs. Sallie Griffin Dugan. Brother Edgar Berkshire led 
the singing also aiding in specials. The Sunshine Choir, a 
Junior Choir recently organized by Mrs. Charles Provance ' 
furnished specials for nearly every service at night. 

The meeting was so enjoyable that when the last day came, 
it seemed as though we should be beginning the meeting 
rather than marking the close. It is a splendid matter when 
an evangelist leaves the field, with all people united, and has 
not been the author of diversions and divisions. 

Freeman Ankrum, Pastor. 



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As Christ the Lord. 



Edwin Boardman, Jr., pastor. 



REVIVAL AT MASONTOWN, PA. 

On the last Sunday in January the revival in Masontown, 
Pennsylvania, was launched by the pastor Rev. Freeman 
Ankrum. On the first day of February we arrived in Mason- 
town to help in this meeting. This was our first meeting in the 
East and the first trip to Pennsylvania and the first time 
Brother Ankrum and I had ever worked together in a meet- 
ing. Brother Ankrum met us at the train and we went to the 
parsonage where we were made welcome and where we made 
our home for the following two weeks. It is perhaps needless 
to say that it was a real home and everything was done to 
make us comfortable. 

We were also royally received by the church. The first 
service on Monday evening was well attended and every eve- 
ning throughout the two weeks we were greeted by a good 
audience. This is a fine group of people who are very much 
interested in the work of the Master. For two weeks they 
worked and prayed earnestly for the salvation of souls. Their 
homes were open to the pastor and family and the evangelist, 
and everywhere we went we received a warm welcome. 

The gasoline rationing' had its effect upon the attendance. 
There were many that could not attend the services regularly 
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gasoline. But taking all into consideration the meetings were 
well attended. We had nice weather till the last week end 
when the zero weather hit us. This also cut down the attend- 
ance some. Most of the people who did come had to walk. 
Some of them walked quite a distance. When it is cold people 
will not go if they have to walk very far. But this is a very 
loyal group of people to their Lord and their church. We 
thoroughly enjoyed working with them and their pastor. We 
also rejoice with them and praise the Lord for victories won. 
It seems that there ought to have been more accomplished, 
but the pastor, and people and myself did what we could 
and we leave the results with the Lord. 

We want to thank these people for their hospitality and 
for giving us this privilege of working with them and for 
their offering. We pray the blessings of God upon them. The 
pastor will report the number of accessions and the result 
of the meetings. 

C. A. Stewart. 



hope to put harder pressure upon the work. When we open 
up out-door services we will become better known in the 
community. We think we have a wonderful site as well as a 
wonderful building, and, since my daughter is buying it, this 
will give permanency to the work. 

I ask all to pray that or mission may not only be Apostolic 
in doctrine, but especially Apostolic in Evangelism. 

Isaac D. Bowman, 
3039 Germantown Avenue, 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA 

(Apostolic Mission) 

I have had many inquiries about "The Apostolic Mission." 
I will give a brief answer through the columns of The Evan- 
gelist. 

1. We have been extremely busy and then I have had a 
very bad cold. This is the second real bad cold I have had 
within the last five years. For more than a month I have been 
out but little, but I am very glad to be able to say that I am 
much better and during the mild spell I am doing consider- 
able calling, and it is having a favorable effect upon our at- 
tendance and interest. We have had very extreme changes in 
the weather — the coldest and the warmest we have had for 
many years for this season of the year. 

2. Since we live in the mission I have not failed in filling 
the julpit during my illness. Yesterday, February 21, we had 
an exceptionally good time. We have two more applications 
for baptism. We expect to baptize them next Sunday at the 
afternoor. service. One, a young man from Camden, New 
Jersey, and the other a middle aged lady within a square of 
the mission. 

3. My partner has purchased a car and has been bringing 
some to the mission. 

4. Our expectations have been more than realized, with 
the exception of the attendance, and that is as good as we 
expected. Over the holidays, war conditions and Milton's dou- 
ble work have been the cause. Two of our boys that have 
automobiles have been called to the service. Sickness and 
over work has kept some away, but in spite of all this and 
other difficulties we have had some wonderful meetings. 

5. Our real estate man, a very active Methodist, has been 
very good to us. We are buying the building of a bankrupt 
concern of which he is the agent, for about half of what 
some think it is worth. We will have more to say about this 
later. My daughter is purchasing it. Her expenses will be 
about half of ordinary rent; the balance will go towards 
reducing the debt. This will give permanency to our work and 
will not increase our expenses. 

My partner, Milton Robinson, is putting in sixty hours of 
work a week; attends Seminary; works three nights a week; 
does half the preaching; superintends the Sunday School and 
does some visiting, and also uses his car in bringing people 
from Camden, New Jersey and from other places, to church 
and Sunday School. 

As soon as the weather breaks and I get entirely well I 
will do quite a good deal of visiting. When spring comes we 



READ AND TAKE NOTICE 

The following letter came to the Editor's desk a 
few days ago, and it was so full of good common 
sense and definite suggestion that we are taking the 
liberty, even without consulting the writer, to pass 
it on for your thought and meditation. Thank you, 
Brother Miller, for your good words. — Editor. 

New Paris, Ind., 
Feb. 15, 1943. 
Brethren Publishing Co., 
Ashland, Ohio. 
Dear Editor: 

I have personally noticed the effort being put forth by 
our church leaders to place the Evangelist in the homes of 
our people. I have become immensely interested in the effort. 

First, Mr. Editor, I cannot see why any church should not 
avail themselves of the opportunity to place this religious 
paper in the homes of their members, especially when there ! 
are so many irreligious magazines drift into our homes and| 
seemingly there is nothing said about them to stop their com- 
ing. We leave many magazines cluttered up with all sorts 11 
of modern day pictures and articles enter our homes, andij 
all seem to enjoy them, but when it comes to a religiouslj 
paper of our own denomination, out of which the very enij 
ergy of our church can be generated we seem to think everjl 
angle of the whole matter needs to be weighed. Why this iij 
so I cannot understand. I am ashamed and embarrassed wheilj 
I look at the low score of our 100% Evangelist readers, jj 
really cannot understand why a paper with the up to datil 
needs of our missions, the Brethren Home, the College an 
the Seminary which has been and will continue to be the bulk 
er of our ministry and a dozen or more other good thing 
should not have the first support of every Brethren Churc'i 

If there is anything in our hearts, or within the ministij 
that is retarding this 100% goal, let us be frank in admittijji 
the trouble and get things cleared up — personal ambitioi; 
jealousies, and most assuredly this is being done in t' 
Evangelist today. 

■The writer is made to think of the words of a former pfl 
tor and college professor, the late Arthur L. DeLozier, w 
made the statement to the writer when just a boy, tha(| 
strong church is only made up of firm believers in its variif 
organizations and generous contributions to the support!||i 
same. Now if we believe in our church, organizations, 
leaders, why delay with our subscriptions to the paper til 
will give us all the news of the church, which is so importi| 
to our young people and our church of tomorrow. 

Enclosed please find my contribution, to the Publishingr| 
Yours for greater service in Brethren Work, 

Everett E. Milkiil 



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CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 2 

Founders' Day — Its Necessity — Rev. C. A. Stewart 3 

Suggested Program for Founders' Day — 
Dr. L. E. Lindower 3 

The Sower Celebration — Prof. M. A. Stuckey 4 

Christopher Sower (Father) 4 

Christopher Sower (Son) 5 

Christopher Sower ( (Grandson) 6 

The Line of Leadership— Rev. lE. L. Miller 7 

Christopher Sower, Printer — Rev. Frank Gehman 9 

Christopher Sower, Christian Layman and Business Man 
—Prof. Allen R. Thompson 12 

Bulletin Board Slogans 13 

Christian Endeavor Topic for March 28 14 

Our Children's Department 15 

Prayer Meeting Department 15 

News From Our Churches 16 



INTERESTING ITEMS 



IN ORDER THAT THE READERS MAY RECOGNIZE the 
men in the picture on the front of this week's issue of The 
Evangelist we are supplying the names in their proper order 
at the bottom of page 3. Many of the older brethren will rec- 
ognize them without having to refer to this list. 



WE HAVE SET THE BODY OF THE FOUNDERS' DAY 
NUMBER in the larger type in order that those whose eye- 
sight is not so good might have the joy of easily reading this 
material. We believe that the older brethren will appreciate 
more the descriptive articles in this way. We wish to express 
our appreciation for the articles supplied and especially ex- 
press our thanks to our Conference Moderator, Prof. J. Garber 
Drushal. 



THE REVIVAL AT THE ROANN, INDIANA, CHURCH 
will be conducted beginning April 4th and closing April 18th. 
Put this meeting on your prayer list. Brother Smith Rose is 
the pastor. 



WE NOTE FROM BROTHER W. S. CRICK'S Johnstown 
Third bulletin that their Father and Son Banquet was held 
on Thursday evening, February 25th in the Church social 
rooms. Chester L. Figart was the Toastmaster and the speak- 
er of the evening was Judge Ivan McKenrick. A full report 
of this banquet should find its place in the Laymen's Column. 



JUST BY WAY OF REMINDER! We see so many an- 
nouncements of special services, revival meetings, group 
gatherings, laymen's meetings and the like in the bulletins 
that come to the editor's desk, which, while they are inter- 
esting as announcements to the local church, are not of in- 
terest as such to the brotherhood-at-large. It is the report 
of these doings that interests the readers of The Evangelist. 
Many times we make reference to these meetings, but too 
often it is far past the time of the holding of sUch meetings. 
Here is what we are asking, and we do not think it is too 
much to ask. When the bulletins are mailed (often four or 
five at a time) call our attention to your special meetings, 
by means of a post card or letter, giving the report of the 
happenings that are announced through your bulletins. If the 
bulletin comes far enough ahead of the date of these meet- 
ings, we are always glad to make mention of them for an- 
nouncement purposes. But try to get the report of the meet- 
ing in after it has happened, too. This makes the reading the 
brotherhood desires. Many of you do this, but not enough. Re- 
member, even a post card with the bare facts will help the 
editor to make your report better reading. 



WE HAVE THE REPORT OF THE WHITE GIFT OF- 
FERING ready for printing. It would have appeared in this 
week's issue had it not been crowded out by the wealth of 
material for the Founders' Number. However this report 
will appear in the issue of March 27th, since next week's issue 
is the Missionary number. 



PASTORATE OPEN 

The Linwood, Maryland, Brethren Church pastorate will be 
vacant on and after May 1, 1943. Correspondence may bes 
had with: 

C. U. Messier, 
Union Bridge, Maryland, 



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March 13, 1943 



Founders Day - Its T^ecessity 

Rev. C. A. Stewart 
Vice Moderator of the General Conference of Brethren Churches 



Susgested by Dr. L. E. Lind 



There is a great need in our church for a Found- 
ers' Day program. We recently asked an audience of 
about two hundred, who the founder of the Brethren 
Church was, and only one could answer. What is 
true in this church is true in the entire brotherhood. 

So many know so little about our church. How it 
happened to come into existence, and who were the 
leaders ; how they were chosen, and what part they 
had to play in American 
history; why we believe in 
Trine Immersion, The 
Lord's Supper, Feet Wash- 
ing and all the other doc- 
trines that are peculiar to 
the Brethren Church. 

This "Founders' Day is 
not an attempt, and should 
never be made so, to wor- 
ship the founders of the 
church. First, because our 
worship must never be di- 
verted from the worship of 
our Lord and Savior Jesus 
Christ. We dare not have 
any other gods before Him. 
And second, to worship the 
founders of the church 
would be thwarting the 
very purpose they had in 
mind when they chose to 
keep secret the name of the 
first one chosen to baptize 
the rest of the first group 
that was baptized and or- 
ganized into a church. 

We, like all other denom- 
inations, should honor those 
who sacrified and suffered that we might have the 
rich heritage that we have today. We believe every 
member of the church should know something about 
them and why they stood for the doctrines we prac- 
tice today, and the suffering they had to endure for 
them. If we knew more about them, the practices of 
our church would become more precious to us. 

I The Brethren Church was not born as the result 
of some fanatical idea conceived in the heart of a 
iman or a group of men who wanted to be leaders, 
and to do so have an organization of their own. But 
ithose eight pious souls that quietly wended their way 
along the banks of the Eider River at Schwarzenau 
lin Germany, had been searching the Scriptures to 



Suggested Order of Service 
for 

FOUNDERS' DAY 
IN BRETHREN CHURCHES 



Call to Worship 

Hymn, "How Firm a Foundation." 

Invocation 

Hymn, "Faith Is the Victory." 

Responsive Reading (from Hebrews 11) 

Prayer 

Hymn, Faith of Our Fathers." 

Memorial, "Christopher Sower, Sr." 

Special Music 

Sermon, "Pioneers of the Faith." 

Hymn, "Jesus Calls Us." 

Benediction 



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find a way of truth for their troubled souls. And 
when they found what they thought the scriptures 
taught concerning baptism, they proceeded to carry 
out that teaching. They also proceeded to cany out 
the teaching concerning the Lord's Supper. They 
were guided by the Holy Spirit as they read the 
Scriptures and were so convinced that they were 
right that they were later driven from one part of 

the country to another, and 
were persecuted, not only 
by the rulers and ruling 
powers of the various sec- 
tions of the country they 
were in, but by the religious 
sects and denominations of 
the day. Many of them had 
their property and homes 
taken away from them, and 
some were thrown into 
prison and some were 
placed in the galleys among 
hardened criminals for a 
number of years, because 
of their faith. Some finally 
fled to America, to the land 
of freedom, but in so doing 
they suffered untold sacri- 
fice and many of them died. 
In the New World they 
faced many hardships, but 
in spite of it all they gave 
us a great heritage. Also a 
great church with a mes- 
sage for the world today 
and we should honor them 
for it. 

A "Founders' Day" is a 
very fitting gesture and should enlighten the entire 
church. We ought to know something about them and 
why the Brethren Church came into existence. 

Bryan, Ohio. 

KEY TO THE PICTURE SHOWN ON COVER 

Back Row (Standing) W. L. Spanogle, Wm. Keifer, J. H. 
Swihart, W. J. H. Bauman, E. L. Yoder, J. W. Beer, Stephen 
Hildebrand, D. S. Gripe. 

Third Row— Edward Mason, J. H. Worst, S. H. Bashor, P. 
J. Brown, A. A. Cober, T. E. Davis, J. C. Cripe. 

Second Row — J. P. Martin, Georg-e Neflf, J. A. Ridenour, R. 
Z. Replogle, Henry Jacobs, J. W. Fitzgerald, J. B. Wampler. 

Front Row— H. F. Nixon, H. R. Holsinger, E. S. Miller, 
Samuel Keehl. 



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The Sower Celebration 

Material furnished by Prof. M. A. Stuc}{ey 




At the request of the Moderator of the General Conference of the 
Brethren Church, Prof. J. Garber Drushal, I am providing for the readers 
of the Evangelist some biographical sketches of the famous Sowers family. 

The present year marks for Brethrenism the two-hundredth anniver- 
sary of the printing of the Bible in the German language for the colonial 
peoples of early America. For it was in 1743 that the elder Mr. Sower, 
after much labour and earnest zeal, brought forth the first edition of the 
now famous Sower Bibles. 

Our denomination will honor the memory of the first of the three 
Sowers this year. This will be done through the pulpits and the press of 
our fraternity until the time of the coming General Conference in August, 
when, at the direction of the Executive Committee of said Conference, a 
memorial celebration is being planned to commemorate the life and con- 
tributions of the layman-publisher-leader of Germantown. 

The three biographical sketches appended below have been taken from 
the relatively new DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY pub- 
lished by the Scribner press, Vol. 17, pp. 415-418. The first concerns the 
elder Mr. Sower ; the second, his son ; and the third, his grandson. It is the 
name of Christopher, Sr., whom we are memorializing during the present 
year, and his name should be carefully distinguished from those of his 
immediate kinship. 

The DICTIONARY materials are quite objective in nature and will, 
I believe, be very informing to the ministry and to the laity of our com- 
munion. 




M. A. Stuckey. 



CHRISTOPHER SOWER 
(Father) 



Christopher Sower (1693-September 25, 1758), 
printer and publisher, was born in Germany at 
Laasphe on the Lahn, which was then in the county 
of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Under its pious re- 
gent, the Countess Hedwig Sophia, this diminutive 
realm had become an asylum for sectarians and sep- 
aratists from all Germany. Sower, who was of hum- 
ble origin, grew to manhood buffeted by winds of 
doctrine blowing from every quarter and thoroughly 
enjoyed the gusty spiritual climate. 

Seeking greater economic with equal religious lib- 
erty, he emigrated to Pennsylvania in the autumn of 
1724, bringing with him his wife, Maria Christina, 
and their three-year-old son, Christopher, (1721- 
1784). He worked as a tailor in Germantown until 
the spring of 1726 and then bought and began to 
farm a fifty-acre tract, now part of Leacock town- 
ship, Lancaster County, in the Conestoga Valley. 
Here his proximity to Johann Conrad Beissel, whom 
he had known in Germany, proved ruinous, for in 
1730 Mrs. Sower was converted to Beissel's doc- 
trines and left her husband in order to live as a her- 
mit. As Sister Marcella she became sub-prioress of 



the Ephrata Community, but in 1744 she was at last 
persuaded to retui'n to her family. Sower, his farm- 
ing operations crippled by her desertion, went back 
to Germantown and formed an alliance with Chris- 
topher Witt, an English mystic, physician and as- 
trologer, the last survivor of the society founded by 
Johann Kelpius. Under Witt's tuition he learned 
clock-making, his principal occupation for the next 
few years, and tried his hand at concocting herbal 
medicines, but his religious scruples probably made 
him abstain from the darker arts practiced by his 
master. 

He bought six acres of land in Germantown, built! 
a large house, and in 1738 began his notable careen 
as the first German printer and publisher in Ameri- 
ca. Where he obtained his press, type, and other ap- 
paratus, and the skill to use them, is unknown. The 
first issue of the press was Eine EmstUche Ermah 
nung, an Junge wnd Alte (1738) and was followeo 
by Der Hoch-Deutsch Americanische Calendar 
(1739), his famous almanac, the last issue of whicMf 
appeared in 1777. 



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The first complete book from the press was the 
Zionitischer Weyrauchs Hugel oder Myrrhen Berg 
(1739), a huge hymnbook for the Ephrata Commu- 
nity, of which John Peter Miller was editor. The 
400th hymn in the collection was the cause of a ludi- 
crous controversy between Beissel and Sower. On 
August 20, 1739, o. s., appeared the first number of 
the newspaper, Der Hoch-Deutsch Pennsylvanischr 
Geschicht-Schriber, which, with various changes of 
title, had a career as long as the almanac. These two 
publications were sold throughout the colonies and 
made Sower and his son influential among the Ger- 
mans of Pennsylvania and Maryland. Among the sec- 
tarians their influence was especially great. 

Very early Sower spoke out against war and 
slavery; in 1754, scenting a political plot in Provost 
William Smith's proposed charity schools among the 
Pennsylvania Germans, he waged a bitter, victorious 
war against the plan. As a result of Sower's propa- 
ganda, Michael Schlatter, who had innocently ac- 
cepted the superintendency of the schools, was thor- 
oughly discredited and his usefulness among the 
German Reformed destroyed. 

The most famous and ambitious of all Sower's un- 
takings was his edition of the Bible, Bihlia; Das ist, 
Die Heilige Schrift Altes mid Neues Testaments, 
Nach der Deutschen Ubersetzung D. Martin Luther's 



(1743). Except for the Indian version of John Eliot, 
this was the first American edition of the Bible. 
Sower's son published editions in 1764 and 1776. 
His first publication in English was Extract from 
the Laws of William Penn (1740) ; from 1749 on, 
English as well as German publications were regu- 
larly issued from the press. 

Most books bearing the Sower imprint were relig- 
ious or educational. Sower made his own ink and 
may perhaps have cast type, although his best fonts 
came from the foundry of Dr. Keinrich Ehrenfried 
Luther at Frankfurt-am-'Main ; he is also said to have 
built a paper-mill in 1744 (Weeks, post, p. 31). 

For many years he continued to conduct a shop 
in which he sold medicines, clocks and other wares. 
He was an agent for the Pennsylvania stoves in- 
vented by Franklin and manufactured by Robert 
Grace at Warwick Furnace. He was one of the lead- 
ers of the German Baptist Brethren. In his zeal for 
social reform and religious dissent, his thirst for 
practical information and handiness at many trades 
and crafts, and in his remarkable talent for popular 
journalism, he was, with certain variations, a Ger- 
man Daniel Defoe. 

He died at his home in Germantown and was bur- 
ied on his own land behind his house. G. H. G. 



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CHRISTOPHER SOWER 
(Son) 



Christopher Sower (September 1721-August 2, 
1784), bishop of the Dunkers or German Brethren, 
printer and publisher, was born at Laasphe, West- 
phalia, the only child of Christopher Sower (1693- 
1758), and Maria Christina Sower, and was brought 
to Pennsylvania by his parents in 1724. As a boy he 
received his schooling from the celebrated Christo- 
pher Dock, whose Eine Einfaltige und gnmdlich 
abgefasste Schul-Ordnung (1770) he later took pride 
in publishing; heard the preaching of Alexander 
Mack, the founder of the Dunker sect; and learned 
printing and book-binding, ink-making, and other 
trades from his father. 

He was baptized, February 24, 1737 o. s. ; was 
made a deacon of the Germantown congregation in 
May, 1747; became an elder on trial in June, 1748; 
was ordained by Peter Becker, June 10, 1753. To the 
very end of his life he was the leader of his sect. 
exerting on it an influence that continued to be felt 
for several generations. The power and persuasive- 
ness of his preaching, his insight into the human 
heart, and his humble, charitable way of life have 
been a tradition among his people. 

Meanwhile, on April 21, 1751 o. s., he married 
Catherine Sharpnack of Germantown, who bore him 
nine children and died on January 8, 1777. 



He early took charge of the mantown, and begin- 
ning in 1754 the English publications of the Sower 
press bore his imprint. On his father's death in 1758 
he fell heir to the whole establishment and carried 
on the business with the intelligence and energy that 
had distinguished his father. The most notable pro- 
ductions of the press under his management were 
the second and third editions (1763 and 1776) of 
the Sower, or Germantown, Bible. In 1773 he built 
a paper-mill on the Schuylkill. 

In his periodicals he was a steadfast opponent of 
negro slavery, and berated the GeiTnans for allowing 
the evil practice to take root among them. His politi- 
cal support went to the proprietai-y party. With the 
outbi'eak of the Revolution his prosperity ceased and 
evil days came upon him. Like the Quakers, Men- 
nonites, Schwenkfelders, and Moravians, the Dun- 
kers refused to take oaths or to bear arms. As the 
leader of the Dunkers, Sower was suspected all the 
more because his sons Christopher and Peter were 
avowed Loyalists; and suspiction ripened into con- 
viction when it was realized that he was a man of 
wealth whose houses, lands, and goods would enrich 
more than one desei-ving patriot. In a proclamation 
of May 8, 1778, he was named as under suspicion 
of treason and given until June 25 to appear before 



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a magistrate. On May 23, 1778, he was arrested, mal- 
treated, and variously abused, and was released only 
by the intervention of Gen. John Peter Gabriel 
Muhlenberg. His property, except what clothes he 
wore and a little food, was ruthlessly taken from him 
and was disposed of "at auction" for a fraction of 
its actual value. Sower might have obtained redress, 
but, true to his religious convictions, he refused to go 
to law. His one protest was against the ignominy of 
being called a traitor. 



The few remaining years of his life were spent in 
Metchacton, a few miles above Norristown, where he 
found refuge in a friend's house, and was cared for 
by his daughter, Catherine. He earned what money 
he needed by working as a bookbinder. Two weeks 
before his death he went on foot the twelve miles 
to Skippack to preach at a meeting of the Brethren. 
He died and was buried at Metchacton. G. H. G. 



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CHRISTOPHER SOWER 
{Grandson) 



Christopher Sower (January 27, 1754- July 3, 
1799), Pennsylvania publisher and Loyalist, was 
born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, the son of the 
second Christopher Sower and his wife, Catherine 
(Sharpnack) Sower. Reared in a family who were 
leaders among the Dunkers, he naturally conceived 
a strong antipathy to those colonial leaders — among 
them Benjamin Franklin, Henry Melchoir Muhlen- 



he was married to Hannah Knorr, sister of the wife 
of Zachariah Poulson. 

His public life began toward the end of 1774, when 
his father, without legal formality, transferred to 
him the ancestral home in Germantown and the 
famous Sower printing establishment. Sometime be- 
tween April 20, 1775 and March 20, 1776, the name 
of the firm was changed to Christopher Sower and 





Christopher ^ower Residence — Erected in Philadelphia in 1731 
Printing Establishment in the rear 




berg, the leader of the German Lutheran Church in 
America, and John Henry Miller, the publisher of 
Der Wochentliche Pennsylvanische Staatsbote, who 
were bitter critics of the German sectarians and of 
the beliefs they held. When these men favored the 
Colonial party in its disagreement with the mother 
country, the conservatism of young Sower, accent- 
uated by his aversion to the opponents of his family, 
drove him early into the ranks of those who were 
loyal to the British government. On January 8, 1775, 



Son ; between the latter date and February, 1777 it 
became Christopher Sower, Jr., and Peter Sower, the 
young man, thus publicly assumed full charge. Dur- 
ing those momentous years he apparently published 
in his newspaper. Die Germantowner Zeitung, 
everything favorable to the royal cause so far as the 
Patriot authorities allowed him, and when the Brit- 
ish took possession of Philadelphia in September, 
1777, he removed to that city and continued the pa- 
per under the title, Der Pennsylvanische Stoats 



March 13, 1943 



Courier. On December 5th he was wounded and cap- 
tured by a detachment of American troops in Ger- 
mantown, and on January 10th of the following year 
he was released by exchange. At the time of the 
evacuation of Philadelphia by the British in 1778, 
he had no safe alternative but to accompany them 
to New York. In August the estate of the entire fam- 
ily, variously estimated to be worth from ten to 
thirty thousand pounds, was confiscated and sold. 
With the encouragement of Sir Henry Clinton he now 
entered into correspondence with various men in 
Pennsylvania for the purpose of obtaining informa- 
tion and of organizing Loyalist Associations, which 
in February, 1789 in the counties of Lancaster, York, 
and Northumberland professed to have an enroll- 
ment of six thousand, probably an exaggeration. He 
also published and distributed in the spring of 1780 a 
sixteen-page pamphlet with the title, Zuschrift an 
die Teuschen in PennsyliKmion und benachbarten 



Provinzen, a publication that may be considered the 
valedictory of the family as colonial printers. A year 
later, in the spring of 1781, he was sent by Clinton 
on a secret mission to Virginia. After the defeat of 
Cornwallis he concentrated his efforts on futile at- 
tempts to induce the British government to grant 
such liberal terms to the Colonies that they would 
willingly remain in the empire. On the British evac- 
uation of New York he went to England to push his 
claims for indemnification for the losses he had sus- 
tained, and was allowed the sura of 1,289 pounds. 

In 1785 he went to the province of New Bruns- 
wick, where he later became deputy postmaster-gen- 
eral and king's printer of the province, and published 
the Roijal Gazette and Weekly Advertiser. 

Leaving New Brunswick in 1799 he went to the 
home of his youngest brother, Samuel, in Baltimore, 
Maryland, where he died, survived by his wife and 
five of his children. J. 0. K. 



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Graveyard, Sisters'' House and Meetinghouse at Ephrata. 



The Line of Leadership 



Rev. E. L. Miller 



In keeping with the Founders' Day idea, we might 
well give some time to thinking about a great heri- 
tage that is ours as Brethren in the fine line of lead- 
ers that has been ours from the very beginning to the 
present day. Special attention will very likely be 
given to individuals among these leaders as others 
write for this special celebration. Our attempt shall 
be to show how we have been blessed and how that 
among the Christian denominations the Brethren 
need not bow their heads or take a back seat. From 
the time of the Macks, Senior and Junior, and the 



Sowers, Senior and Junior, the Brethren peoples 
have had leaders who not only knew where they were 
going, but also knew how to get there. All along the 
nearly two and one half centuries of our existence, 
men, who were rather quiet in their ways and not 
given to self-advertising, kept the fires of religion 
pure and undefiled, as they understood such, burning 
and bright. 

As a lad, and before the Progressive movement 
had really gotten under way, I can remember those 
older Brethren how they moved about in my old 



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home state and how their very demeanor spoke lead- 
ership. And they were followed enthusiastically by 
the rank and file of Brethren. 

Then when the sad day of division came among 
the "Plain People" we had those who were quite nat- 
urally born to the leadership role. Our Holsingers, 
Kneppers, Gnageys, and many still living among us, 
just went right on with the leadership line unbroken. 
Of our more modern leaders who are worthy the 
name, we have our dearly beloved Dr. J. Allen Mil- 
ler. How badly we needed his leadership and father- 
ly advice in recent years, only too many of us real- 
ize. Dr. Wm. H. Beachler, was another of those who 
did things and kept the line of true leadership un- 
broken. And dare we speak respectfully of the living 
too? Well then. Dr. W. S. Bell, Dr. Martin Shively, 
Dr. G. W. Rench among the older of our men are 
those who have proved worthy their medals of honor 
and highest regard. Besides there are others still in 
the land of the living who have won their spurs or 
wings if you will have it that way, and our beloved 
church need not fear for her future if what these 
say and do will be taken up by men like-minded in 
the days that are ahead. 

Now I know there are those who would have had 
us dig up a lot of the names of those who bore the 
brunt in days gone by. We do not think that neces- 
sary to this article. But we do insist and declare that 
they were a likely group and even though many of 
them did not have the privilege of formal education 



or training, they still had the stuff in them that 
made for a leadership that is second to none in all 
the denominations. 

It may be that these leaders of the older days led 
their people From rather than TO things. But in 
their day that may have been the more necessary 
thing. We salute them for the way they kept the 
people loyal to standards that were very high and 
faithful in carrying out programs that to other 
groups would have been and were very distasteful. 
One of the signs of real leadership is to get folks 
to do what they should do rather than what they 
merely want to do. These Brethren surely were suc- 
cessful here. And even today those who have taken 
up the task of leading the church group, there is 
that faithfulness and loyalty to the "faith once de- 
livered," and to the doctrinal position of the church 
that no one needs fear a letting-down from the high 
standards set by the Macks and Sowers with their 
supporting Brethren of the days long ago. 

The line of real leadership has been kept unbroken 
over all these years and we are not the ones to see 
it lose its power in our day. Clear vision, fearless 
effort and abiding faith in the Lord who has laid 
the burden of leadership upon these is strong among 
us today and on future celebrations of this order, 
the church will still be privileged to hold its head 
high in respect for those who have kept the faith. 
— Maurertown, Virginia. 



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How would 

you 

like to live in a 

house 

like this? 



Home of Johanii. Conrad Beissel — Ephrata 

Where Peter Miller is thought to have translated the Declaration of 

Independence into seven different languages. 



March 13, 1943 



Christopher Sower — 
printer, book-binder, in- 
ventor, herbalist, opti- 
cian, watchmaker, manu- 
facturer, statesman — 
was a leader in shaping 
the political and religious 
thought of his day. 
Amongst the German col- 
onists of that early pe- 
riod he wielded an influ- 
ence as great as and like 
unto that of his neighbor 
and contemporary, Ben- 
jamin Franklin, amongst the English-speaking col- 
onists. "In the religious, political, educational, social 
and public life of his day he was a prominent figure, 
moving in easy familiarity and on equal footing with 
the leading statesmen and educators of his time." 

He came to America from his native Germany in 
1724, bringing with him his wife and three-year-old 
son, Christopher the second. After two years of in- 
different or even doubtful success in Germantown, 
first as a dealer in spectacles and then as a tailor, he 
went with his family to the Conestoga valley, Lan- 
caster county, Pa., where he set up as a small farmer. 
Here he prospered and it was probably here (likely 
in 1728) that he became a member of the Dunker 
Church. But here it was also that great sadness came 
to him when his wife was ensnared in the mystical 
teachings of the eccentric Conrad Beissel and de- 
serted home, husband and child for the Ephrata 
movement. 

A few months later, in the spring of 1731, the sad- 
dened husband and son sold out the farm and went 
back to Germantown where for the second time the 
friendship of Peter Becker opened a haven. Sower 
was one of those men, slow in maturing, who do not 
accomplish their great work until after an age when 
many men have seen whatever success is to be theirs. 
The next seven years were important years in his 
life and were, so to speak, a period of preparation 
for his outstanding career as editor and publisher. 

He had changed occupations so frequently that 
further changes were easy for him. His powers of 
mind were now well matured and he was of settled 
religious convictions. He cast about for a time, test- 
ing his powers and inclinations. That he tried a num- 
ber of things in the years following his return to Ger- 
mantown there is ample evidence. He learned the 
carpenter's trade, became a skilled wheelright and 
cabinet-maker, and soon was a proficient clock- 
maker. 

Of him it is later said in Professor Seidensticker's 
account that: "He is a very ingenious man, a sepa- 
ratist, who has learned thirty trades without a teach- 
er. For he came to America as a tailor and now he 
is a printer, an apothecary, a surgeon, a botanist, a 



CHRISTOPHER SOWER 
PRINTER 



By Rev. Frank Gehman 



of becoming a printer. 



manufacturer of clocks 
and watches, a cabinet- 
maker, a book-binder, the 
writer of a newspaper 
who himself manufac- 
tured the entire equip- 
ment of his printing es- 
tablishment, a drawer of 
wire and lead, a manu- 
facturer of paper, etc., 
etc." 

It is not known just 

when or how Sower 

conceived the notion 

He may have gotten 



the notion while working his Lancaster county 
faiTTi. Or it may have been suggested to him by either 
of his good friends Mack and Becker. During his stay 
in the neighborhood of Ephrata the members of that 
movement had brought out two hymn books which 
were printed for them by Benjamin Franklin in 
Philadelphia. However the relations with Franklin 
were not too cordial, chiefly because of his contempt 
for the German whom he called the "Dutch." This 
may have suggested to Sower the idea of a German 
press in the colonies. 

On June 11, 1732 Franklin announced his inten- 
tion of publishing a German newspaper which pur- 
ported to be a translation of his English newspaper. 
It was to have appeared evei'y other Saturday, but 
seems rather to have been a weekly. Sower, who was 
then in Germantown, may have seen immediately 
what was involved in having a German newspaper 
controlled by a man who so cordially hated every- 
thing GeiTTian as Franklin seems to have done, and 
so may have begun at once to plan and work to the 
end of establishing his own press. 

Let us look for a moment at the earlier history of 
the newspaper. As far back as the beginning of the 
seventh century B. C. daily bulletins were published 
in Rome to report the doings of the Ai-my in all parts 
of the Empire and beyond. In 1556 there appeared 
in Venice what may be called the first newspaper, 
a small sheet which sold for a small coin. Some 50 
years later in Frankfort, Germany, the "Frankfurter 
Zeitung" began publication. It was the first daily 
paper on record. In 1662 the first newspaper in Eng- 
lish, "The Weekly News," was published. England 
had no daily paper until in 1702 due, in large part, 
to a severe censorship set up by the king. In that 
year "The Daily Courant" broke the censorship bar- 
riers, and development was more rapid thereafter. 

"Publick Occurrences" held the honor of being the 
first newspaper on the American continent, appear- 
ing in 1689-90. Then came "The Boston News Let- 
ter" and "The Boston Gazette" ; the latter published 
for a time by Benjamin Franklin's brother, James. 
Later Franklin gave financial aid to his brother in 



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publishing "The New England Courant." John Wal- 
ter published, in 1785, "The Times," and is accred- 
iated with the idea of the Newspaper as it is today. 

In Philadelphia Benjamin Franklin issued (in 
English) "The Pennsylvania Gazette." Then in 1732 
he brought out his "Philadelphische Zeitung," a 
newspaper in High German and the first German 
newspaper in America. Franklin, however, had no 
German script type but printed his German newspa- 
per in Roman characters. Nor did he have any Ger- 
man script until more than ten years after this, re- 
ceiving his first from Christopher Sower soon after 
he finished printing his Bible in 1743. Franklin's 
German paper does not seem to have been a success, 
was never popular amongst the German settlers and 
never had a large circulation. A few years later when 
Sower introduced his newspaper it had a hearty re- 
ception. 

Once convinced of the need of a German press in 
the colonies, Sower set to work to see what could be 
done about it. He wrote to some of the German clergy 
in England to secure their aid in obtaining a press. 
Nothing came of it. At the same time he wrote to the 
authorities of the Halle Institution in Germany con- 
cerning the same matter. This was in 1735. Neither 
had he any success there because of the doubt ex- 
pressed by one of the authorities "whether any serv- 
ice should be rendered by a printing-press in the 
West Indies." 

Deep and impenetrable mystery surrounds the fur- 
ther efforts of Sower to obtain his press and his sub- 
sequent success in doing so. Nevertheless he perse- 
vered in his eff'orts and in the spring of 1738 he 
came into possession of his highly coveted press. A 
number of accounts exist concerning the manner in 



which he obtained this press, but there is no cer- 
tainty about any of them, and there is considerable! 
contradiction between them. 

The first issue of this famous press was a broad- 
side (an unfolded sheet printed on one side only) ap- 
pearing probably in June, 1738. Its workmanship 
was of good quality, indicating the assistance of an 
experienced hand, but whose is not known. This his- 
torically significant imprint, carrying a message of!| 
spiritual admonition, was the first page printed in 
America in German type, and has become quite a 
relic. Only three copies are known to exist. Twoj 
other sheets, at least came from the Sower press the 
first year of its operation. Also the first issue of the 
Sower almanac. 

Likewise this first year saw the first book under- 
taken by the new but undaunted printer. It was sa 
large hymnal of 791 pages prepared by the Ephratai 
community. Undertaken early in the year 1738 soon 
after the installation of the press, assistance was 
provided in its printing by those from Ephrata who 
had experience in printing. Three months after the 
press was set up work on the hymnal was going 
nicely. The first sheets were struck off in June and 
it must have brought great pleasure to the workmen 
when they turned out the first pages of the first book 
to be printed in America in German type. 

It was not long until the supply of paper on hand: 
was exhausted and when the printer went to obtain' 
more he discovered that there was none for sale.' 
Careful enquiry disclosed that Benjamin Franklini 
had quietly bought up the entire supply in the col- 
onies, and dearly did he make the upstart printer payi 
for his audacity in depriving Franklin of the Eph- 
rata work. Later Sower sharply disagreed with Beis- 




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iel over what he regarded as the idolatrous nature 
)f some of the hymns and for a while a considerable 
iontroversy i-aged between the two. Nevertheless the 
lymnal was completed some time in 1739, marking 
m important event in the history of German print- 
ng in America. For some ten years Andrew Brad- 
:ord and Benjamin Franklin had been printing Ger- 
nan books and periodicals in Philadelphia, but as 
'■et they had no German script. This hymnal was the 
irst entirely German book produced in America. 

The Sower press issued two periodicals, a news- 
)aper and a magazine. The newspaper which was 
)rinted in German type was the first wholly German 
lewspaper to be issued in America. The first issue 
ippeared on Aug. 10, 1739. It was a small sheet, con- 
aining four pages with double columns. Its title 
'translated) was "The High-German Pennsylvania 
lecorder of Events." Only one copy of this first issue 
s known to exist, but it is important in the history 
if printing in America. Projected as a quarterly, the 
)aper met such approval that from the beginning it 
ippeared monthly. In the second year of its history 
t was enlai-ged. The editor set out at the start to 
)rint only facts, but soon found difficulty in always 
•etting the "facts." Such were his moral principles 
hat four years later he changed the name from re- 
order of "events" to recorder of "reports." 

In 1749 the paper began to appear twice a month 
iter ten years as a veiy popular monthly. By 1752 
ts circulation had increased to four thousand. In 
762 the Second Christopher Sower, like his father, 
lefore him, troubled at the frequently unreliable na- 
ure of his news, again changed the name of the pa- 
)er. This time it became "a collection of probable 
ecular and religious news." Its form, size and title 
t kept from henceforth to the end of its history, but 
n 1775 it began to appear weekly and so continued, 
[he last issue of the paper of which any trace has 
)een found is dated March 19, 1777. Already part of 
he Germantown plant had been destroyed or con- 
iscated by British troops. This, the first wholly Ger- 
nan newspaper in America, had a continuous exis- 
ence of nearly forty years and was edited by three 
fenerations of Sowers. 

In a letter dated Nov. 17, 1738 Sower indicated his 
ntention to print an almanac. Some time within the 
lext six months the first issue appeared. His chief 
nterest was to help his fellowmen and he concluded 
hat one way in which that could be done was by 
jroviding such a publication. The first almanac con- 
:ained 24 pages, 8 x 71/2 inches in size. In 1743 it 
vas enlarged to 32 pages and was provided with an 
emblematical engraved plate for a cover. Though 
ouched up and slightly changed, this plate was used 
throughout the series and had a later interesting 
listory, being in use as late as 1835. In 1748 the al- 
nanac was increased to 36 pages, in 1750 to 40 pages, 
n 1751 to 48 which size was unchanged from then 



on. Three times it was printed in colors during the 
lifetime of Christopher Senior. His son made every 
effort to continue its usefulness and spared no pains 
to make it as helpful as possible. Franklin's English 
almanac (Poor Richard's) was a success, but his at- 
tempt at a German almanac as early as 1748 failed. 
Sower's almanac enjoyed complete popularity with 
the German-Americans to the discomfort of other 
Gei'man almanacs until the confiscation of the Sower 
press in 1777 after which German almanacs became 
numerous. 

Discussion of the magazine coming from this no- 
table press must be quite limited here, yet some men- 
tion should be made of it. Sower Senior began both 
the almanac and the newspaper and these were con- 
tinued and enlarged by his son following the father's 
death in 1758. But the magazine was the work of the 
son and was brought into existence some five or six 
years after the death of his father. This venture was 
as characteristically original as the other two. They 
were the first American almanac and newspaper in 
German type. The magazine enjoyed yet another dis- 
tinction for: "It was one of the first magazines of 
any kind to appear in the American colonies." Also 
it was the first magazine to use the Gemian type, and 
the first religious magazine to make its appearance 
in America. 

Following the completion of the Ephrata hymnal 
and the establishment of his German newspaper, 
Christopher Sower undertook a woi'k which alone 
was sufficient to make his press famous and to win 
him everlasting renown; he set himself to the print- 
ing of the Bible in German. Up until this time all 
Bibles in European languages had been imported. 
Especially amongst those of the sterner sects there 
were numerous objections to most of these editions. 
Seeing the need for such a work as he had in mind, 
early in 1740 Sower announced his intention of print- 
ing the whole Bible and solicited subscriptions. He 
held that no greater good could be done the German 
settlers than to get the Word of God into their hands 
by way of spiritual comfort and guide, and also by 
way of culture. 

It is impossible for us to understand how large a 
task this was which he undertook. He was subjected 
to much criticism and opposition and to many annoy- 
ances. To nearly anyone save this venturesome and 
determined printer the task would have seemed im- 
possible in the light of the difficulties. Yet he car- 
ried it through to a successful conclusion in the face 
of every obstacle, and it became one of the triumphs 
of early American printing. More type was needed, 
and obtained — it is generally thought — from Ger- 
many, though the Americana credits Sower with 
having established his own type foundry as early as 
1738. While he had the first type foundry in Amer- 
ica, it is doubtful if it was established that early. 
His former experience with a "cornered" paper mar- 



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ket taught him a lesson and he set up his own paper 
mill, producing the paper for his Bible from linen 
rags which make a most lasting paper. He made his 
own ink which proved of a better quality than that 
obtainable elsewhere, an ink that did not fade. Again 
he must have appealed to the Ephrata community 
for assistance from its experienced printei's. No dif- 
ficulty seems to have daunted him, not even the fact 
that an act of the British Pai'liament made his un- 
dertaking illegal and exposed his property to con- 
fiscation and himself to arrest. Fortunately on this 
score he was unmolested. 

Press work on the Bible began in 1742 (April). 
It progressed steadily, but was an immense under- 
taking. All the type had to be set by hand. Only four 
pages could be printed at a time, and this on a lever 
press. Mistakes were painstakingly corrected so that 
the Bible was surprisingly free from error. Opposi- 
tion increased, but still work was pressed forward 
and early in July, 1743, press work on it was com- 
pleted. It must have been a great relief to the printer 
to see this pai't done, and it was well and artistically 
done. It was also an historical accomplishment. The 
Americana states: "With the exception of Eliot's 
Indian Bible, this was the first Bible printed in the 
colonies, and was the largest work that had then 
been attempted. 

It was the intention of the printer to provide the 
printed text and the purchasers were to have the 
Bibles bound elsewhere to please themselves. Not 
every book-binder, however, has facilities for gluing 
and so Sower undertook that for his subscribers. 
Then he found himself called upon to bind many of 
them, and was soon launched into the field of book- 
binding. A dozen copies were sent to his old friend. 
Dr. Ehrenfried Luther at Frankfort on the Main, 
who had them magnificently bound and distributed 
to illustrious persons in Europe. 

Despite all opposition, the Sower Bibles met with 



steady sales. The 1200 copy edition was large for 
the time and supplied the demand for nearly a score 
of years. In 1762, four years after the death of his 
father, the Second Christopher planned a second edi- 
tion, evidently almost immediately after the first 
edition was exhausted. This second, and also the 
third, editions of the Sower Bibles were also historic, 
but as Sower the Elder had no part in their publica- 
tion they do not properly belong to this paper. The 
third edition enjoys the unique distinction of having 
a greater value to collectors than either of the earlier 
editions because of a disaster which overtook a good- 
ly share of the edition. 

In the busy life of Christopher Sower the publica-i 
tion of his Bible was but another event, yet it was 
one which stands preeminent in a long list of varied 
achievements as the great memorial of an unselfish 
life lived "To the honor of God and my neighbor's' 
good" as his motto read. The Sower press turned out 
much printed material in its long history and did a 
large job of printing business, but none brought i1 
larger honor than this colossal endeavor on the pari' 
of the inexperienced founder to give the German col! 
onists an accurate text of Luther's translation oi 
the Holy Scriptures in their own tongue, printed ir 
their own script, sold at a price to put it within thd 
reach of most and given away where the people wer«l 
too poor to buy. 

While he was making history in the field of print 
ing, and especially printing in America, he was alsc 
writing his influence large in the lives of the Ger 
man-speaking peoples of the colonies. Of his man] 
accomplishments, those of printer and editor mos' 
catch the eye of the historian because of their abidj 
ing influence. When in 1758 this eventful life camij 
to a close, Christopher Sower had won for himseli 
an everlasting memorial in the history of this natioi! 
and an enviable esteem in the hearts of his country' 
men. — Stockton, California. 



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CHRISTOPHER SOWER - - Christian Layman and Business Mar 

Prof. Allan R. Thompson President of the National Layman's Association 



Preachers have delivered stirring and eloquent 
sermons ; lecturers have expounded upon the philos- 
ophy of the good life ; poets have sung the praises of 
the famous men, yet, all too soon are the simple folk 
who have done so much to mold the future of society 
forgotten. Many times the names of the nationally 
famous have managed to eclipse names of others, 
who would if it were not for some peculiar circum- 
stances or events have shown as brightly in the 
pages of history as the most loudly acclaimed. All 
too often do the simple folk, whose quiet and un- 
assuming paths in life, fail to receive proper ac- 
knowledgment due them for their untiring efforts 



to aid their fellow men; to live the Christian lif 
and build a better Christian world in which to liv( 
The sad part of this situation would seem to bl 
that their posterity suffers. If any finger were to bl 
pointed accusingly at the great Brethren Lajinai 
Christopher Sower, it would certainly be becaus 
of the fact that he left no autobiography for tbi 
edification of our Brethren of today. Yet, to ha\i 
done so would perhaps have spoiled much of th 
beauty of that simple but devout life which was n 
sponsible for so much of the heritage so dear to tri 
Brethren peoples today. All too little is known to tY'- 
laity of the Brethren Church, generally, of tho! 



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vho led in the building of oui- beloved fraternity. All 
00 little is ever said about the desires of our fore- 
'athers, who took for their guidance in worship the 
.VHOLE BIBLE and all of its parts in simple and 
)bedient faith, unedited by social customs of the 
imes. It is not any wonder, then that laymen of the 
Brethren Church today have difficulty many times 
n finding differences in practices of worship in their 
)wn churches and those of numerous congregations 
vho would substitute "meanings" for explicit teach- 
ngs of the scriptures. Nor should this statement be 
:!onstrued to mean that Brethren should live like her- 
nits. Much better might it be if laymen today were 
pattern their actions in Christian stewardship and 
worship after such a leader of the faith as Sower. 

Of Sower, the layman, the "good Samaritan of- 
iJermantown," the doctor, the printer, the inventor, 
n fact the frugal business man it is said, "In the 
jomplex web of what we call American civilization 
t is impossible to trace the different lines of influ- 
mce that have gone out from the life and labors of 
;his great and good man. In a thousand ways that 
,ve know of, his efforts modified and improved the 
:onditions of his time, of which we today are en- 
oying the happy fruits. He shunned publicity, choos- 
ng rather to live in quiet and work in peace. Yet his 
dlent influence started many a rill that has come 
lown to us as a mighty flood of blessings, mingled 
)eneficently with the higher elements of our Amer- 
can civilization. In the religious, political, educa- 
ional, social and public life of his day he was a prom- 
nent figure, moving in easy familiarity and on equal 
'ooting with the leading statesmen and educators of 
lis time." (Flory, J. S. Literary Activiti/ of the 
Srethren in the Eight.ee)ith Century. Brethren Pub- 
ishing house, Elgin, 111., 1908). 

There are numerous instances mentioned of his 
strict adherence to the Christian life and principles 
n all of his business dealings, and at the age of 
;hirty-five he definitely joined the Brethren Church. 
Perhaps his greatest work in life was the printing 
)f the Quarto-Bible. Sower had only a small hand 
ever press and could therefore print only four pages 
it a time. It is no wonder that he gathered his work- 
men about him on the warm summer night when the 
ivork was finally completed and with arms across his 
breast lifted his eyes to heaven and exclaimed, "Z)«wfc 
lott! Es is vollbracht," (Thank God, it is finished). 
Yet, it will be noted that this layman didn't forget 
;o "Thank God" for the success of his task. 

In another instance showing his lofty ideals and 
lis splendid Christain character and faith, Flory 
(Flory, J. S., Brethren Builders, Elgin Press, 1925) 
:ells of the history of the printing of the first Ger- 
nan newspaper in America. "It was issued in the 
fall of 1739, and promised to appear quarterly. The 
subscription price was forty cents. The second year 
the paper was changed to a monthly; four years 



laDer it was doubled in size. In 1749 it began to ap- 
pear twice a month, and from 1775 on to the end 
of its career, two years later, it appeared weekly. 
Throughout the entire history of nearly forty years 
the price remained three shillings (forty cents), al- 
though the reader now received fifty-two papers in- 
stead of the original four. How this could be done 
was told by the publisher in a very original way. He 
explained that the increased cost was covered by the 
large number of advertisements received, and that 
an honest man must not allow himself to be paid 
double." 

So with all of the business ethics of Sower, the 
Sower press was conducted on the highest moral 
and ethical principles. Even in advertising the state- 
ment ran thus, "Whoever sends in an advertisement 
for his own profit or a personal advertisement not 
too large shall pay five shillings. If the thing for 
which he advertised is obtained after the first inser- 
tion two shillings will be returned. If, after the sec- 
ond insertion, one shilling will be returned." (Flory) . 
One would think after reading such an account that 
even our great heroes such as Franklin, with whom 
Christopher Sower had a number of varied dealings, 
and Honest Abe Lincoln might even have been mind- 
ful of the ethics of this, our all too little known, 
leader. 

The character of one so near to us in denomina- 
tional brotherhood should thrill every layman with 
the high ideals and splendid ethics as though he were 
one of our own family. It should encourage every 
Brethren today to know that the business of the 
early church was conducted with fidelity to honest 
integrity by those who dared to take Christ with 
them in business throughout every day and in every 
way. May God help us to be as deserving and true 
laymen as our forefathers. 

— Ashland, Ohio. 

BULLETIK BOARD SUGGESTIONS 

Supplied by Rev. E. J. Beekley 



Work as if everything depended on you. 
Pray as if everything depended on God. 



Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 



There is a place in God's plan that only you can fill. 



WHO WILL WIN THE WAR? 
C— hurchill 
H— itler 
R — oosevelt 
I— 1 Duce 
S— talin 
T— ojo 



The Church speaks a message to this age, as well as she 
spoke to past ages. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted Ijy the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Csed by permission." 




Topic for March 28, 1943 

"THE LORD'S PRAYER: WHAT IT MEANS TO ME" 

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 6:9-13 

For The Leader 

The prayer of the Christian is the power of his life and 
testimony. As well attempt to go for days without partaking 
of food and water as to go from day to day without prayer. 
Prayer is unto God. It is the communion of redeemed chil- 
dren with their heavenly Father. 

One tragic neglect of church people today is their constant 
neglect of the throne of grace. It must not be so if we young 
people are to go forward in the work and service of Christ. 
It is our obligation to see that we are in the proper attitude 
and understanding on this matter of prayer. 

We all desire to be in the right relationship to God in 
prayer so we shall study this "Lord's Prayer" this evening 
and see some of the things we should know that will make 
our prayer life more effective. 

QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION 

1. Does the "Lord's Prayer" include every petition and 
praise which we should make unto our heavenly Father? 

2. Is the Lord's Prayer sufficient for our prayer needs? 

3. Is there a danger if we "repeat" the same prayer when- 
ever we pray ? If so, what is that danger ? 

4. Formulate a good definition of prayer. 

DISCUSSION 

1. THE LORD'S PRAYER MEANS A PATHWAY TO 
GOD. We call prayer a communion with God. Scofield defines 
prayer as a "child petition to an all-wise, all-loving and all- 
powerful, Father-God." Prayer for the Christian young per- 
son is a conversation between himself and his eternal heavenly 
Father. We are dependent on Him for every need, so we 
should praise Him and petition Him. It is through Christ that 
we approach God. There is no other way. Christ is our High 
Priest today. He it is who carries our prayers to God. That 
is why all of our prayers should close with the words "In 
Jesus' name" or "For Jesus' sake." As man through sin is 
separated from God, so man through Christ is reconciled to 
God. Thus to pray to God we must come through the One 
who has made it possible to have the fellowship with God. 
In prayer we should give praise to God for His wonderful 
love and benefits in our behalf. God in His goodness and great- 
ness should be reverenced by us. 

2. THE LORD'S PRAYER MEANS SUBMISSION TO 
GOD'S WILL. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done! Not ours. 
We have seen evidence all around us of the results of man's 
own will. Man in trying to build a world for himself has 
practically wrecked his world. How much better to resign 
ourselves to the will of God and to His purpose in our life. 
As we pray we should expect our answers as He sees fit to 
answer. Many times it would do us harm to have our prayers 
answered as we feel they should be answered. Maclaran says, 
"God's will is only for our good." And Paul says, "All things 
work together for good to them that love God." In another 
instance, Paul, we remember, at the beginning of his second 
missionary journey desired to go into Bithynia in Asia Minor 
to preach. But the Spirit suffered him not. Paul was led to 
Troas where he received the vision of the Macedonian man 
calling, "Come over into Macedonia, and help us." Paul went, 
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was the ground work in Europe for the preaching of the gos- 
pel by this missionary to the Gentiles. Paul's will was to 
preach in Asia Minor. God's will was that he should go ovei 
into Europe. Paul was submissive to that will and we see 
how that the will of God was for the best. We should be sc 
in the spirit of prayer that we can hear the voice of God 
speak to us. 

3. THE LORD'S PRAYER MEANS DEPENDENCY ON 
GOD FOR EVERY NEED. It is a Christian's privilege to asli 
for the needs of the flesh. Thus we recognize that God is the 
giver of every good and perfect gift. The fields may produce 
and we may work that we can purchase the needs of the body.j 
We perhaps do not need to thank God for them, as is theij 
case with the world's multitudes. But it is certain that it is 
God's goodness that gives us these things. We should asli 
for the things whereof we have need. Notice that it is nol 
for a month's supply, but for our daily need. Only complete 
trust in Christ can bring the Christian to the place where 
he will pray for just one day's needs. It is God's way. 

4. THE LORD'S PRAYER MEANS FORGIVENESS. This 
does not mean a forgiveness of our financial obligations, as 
some have taken it to mean. But it means that as we have 
been forgiven of our sin through Christ, that we are to sc 
forgive any who have wronged us. Jealousy, ambition, per 
sonal pride are things which makes forgiveness a difficull. 
thing. We are exhorted to forgive others because Christ has] 
forgiven us. We can expect to be forgiven as we forgive 
There was a servant once who was cast in prison because h( 
did not forgive his neighbor a few cents when he had beer 
forgiven millions of dollars by his master. 

5. THE LORD'S PRAYER MEANS PERSONAL VIC 
TORY. Every Christian who has tried to faithfully wall 
the way of Christian life has discovered the weaknesses o: 
the human body. The temptations of life are numerous. Thej 
take the form of bold attacks, or subtle influences. We neet 
to watch for both. Either way, though, we need to pray fo; 
personal victory. If we want to overcome sin we must shui 
all desire to sin. "Resist the devil and he will flee from you.' 
Many young people can trace their fall in sin to looking 
too long at the sin. Amusements and pleasures are designee 
by their makers to appeal to the eye and the flesh. Much tha 
we call temptation is but our desire to commit sin. Determini 
to have no desire to sin, and much of the temptation wil 
disappear. We have this prayer for our victory, "Lead us no 
into temptation, but deliver us from evil." We thus acknowl 
edge that our strength for victory lies in Christ, our Savior j 

6. THE LORD'S PRAYER MEANS THE SUPREMACY; 
OF GOD ETERNAL. "For Thine is the kingdom, power, am' 
glory." All prayer must acknowledge God in His eterna 
beauty, power and glory. If it doesn't the words die on oui 
lips. Christ must have the preeminence in our heart, mind 
and devotion, or our prayers are mockery. We young peoph 
should make as much use of prayer as we can, for it is th(; 
power of victory in our lives. Through it all we must give the 
supreme worship of our lives to God. By praying in fait! 
believing we have the assurance of prayers answered accord- 
ing to the will of the Eternal God, our God. 

BIBLE QUIZ 

1. What prayer should an unsaved sinner make unto God' 
Luke 18:13. 

2. What kind of prayer can we believe that God does no'i 
hear? Luke 18:11, 12. 

3. How should we pray when in great need? What prom-, 
ises are connected with this same prayer when in need ? Mat- 
thew 8:23-27. 

4. How should we pray when we seek to praise God. Psalms 
105:1-5. 



March 13, 1943 

Oup Children's 
Department 

Mrs. Loretta Carritheps 
Superintendent 




15 



Paul tells you how. "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having 
compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be 
courteous." 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Prayer Meeting Topics 



Dear Children: 

Riding in an automobile can be one of the most comfortable 
things in the world. You go along with good springs under 
foa, and even a rough road may seem fairly smooth; and 
A'hen you get on a good road, you roll along as smooth and 
!oft as though you were floating on air. 

And then perhaps something happens. "What is the matter 
with this thing?" you say. All the smoothness has gone, and 
nstead of that there is a rough bumpy sound, and you fee! 
iS though you are running over logs. You get out and look 
;o see what is the trouble; and there you see it. It is before 
fou. You have a flat tire. You take it off and look to find out 
what caused the tire to go flat. There it is, a very small tack, 
lust long enough for the point to go through the inner tube, 
rhe air rushes out through the hole it made. You cannot run 
m the tire now. It would be ruined. Tlie car would not have 
my pep and go, the wheel would soon be pounded out of 
ihape; so there is nothing left to do but mend the tire or 
put on a new one. A little tack has caused a lot of trouble. 

Yet as you think about it, the only thing the tack did was to 
et out some of the air. Air is so common, it is all about us. 
Yon go to the filling station and get your tires filled without 
30St. But the air which is so easy to get is important never- 
theless. You cannot get along without it. 

I wonder if you can think of something about boys and girls 
which does the same thing for them, as air in the tires does 
for automobiles ? I will tell you what I think it is. It is polite- 
ness. Sometimes a boy or girl thinks politeness does not 
matter very much; but it does. What good does it do to say, 
■'Thank you" and "If you please," and to speak gently in- 
stead of rudely, and to be courteous when we think we would 
rather be smart? It does just what the air does in the tires; 
it takes away the jolts and jars, and makes everything run 
smooth. 

And think of it, one tiny thing spoiled the work of the 
tire; one small tack let out the air. One rude word, one tiny 
bit of spiteful temper and ill-tempered speech, can ruin the 
pleasant feelings of a whole group of people. We must then 
stop and repair the damage, and get politeness back again. 

There is the story of a lady who had a new servant in her 
family. The master of the house was coming home from a 
journey and the servant was going to the railroad station to 
meet him. "How shall I know him when I see him?" he 
asked. And the lady said, "Look for a tall man who will be 
helping somebody;" and sure enough, when the servant looked 
as the people were getting off the train, he saw a tall man 
helping an old lady down the steps of one of the cars, and 
he knew that was the one he had come to find. 

How would you like for it to be said of you, that is a very 
courteous boy or girl? 



LESSON 17 
Subject: The Anti-Christ 

1. There is yet to come a fearful being whose name is 
Anti-christ. I John 2:18. 

2. He is an individual — an actual personality. 2. Thessa- 
lonians 2:3, 9. 

3. The Pope is not the Anti-christ. 1 John 2:22. 

4. The real Anti-christ will be manifest in power after 
Christ's coming for His saints. 2 Thessalonians 2:7, 8. 

5. There are now many who are against Christ. 1 John 2: 
17, 18. 

6. The Anti-christ shall pass as God. The world will wor- 
ship him. Revelation 13:4, 8; 2 Thessalonians 2:4. 

7. He will have great power, and will be a warrior of great 
renown. Revelation 13:7. 

8. The Scriptures call him the Beast. Men will be deceived 
by the Beast because they reject the truth of God. Revela- 
tion 13:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 11. 

9. The Christ and the anti-christ parallel in dreadful con- 
trasts. 

a — The one came from the realms of light. Luke 2:11, 
The other comes from the depths of darkness. Reve- 
lation 11:7. 

b — The one is a messenger of life, the other a messenger 
of death. Romans 6:16. 

c— The one is the light of the world. St. John 8 :12. 
The other is the power of darkness. Ephesians 6:12. 

d — Christ dwelt on earth 3^2 years. The Anti-christ shall 
reign over the earth 3% years. Revelation 13:5. 

e — The world which rejects Christ, will receive the Anti- 
christ. St. John 5:43. 

10. The Anti-christ will finally be destroyed. Revelation 
19:20. 



I'd rather lose than play the cheat, 
I'd rather fail than live a lie. 
I'd rather suffer in defeat 
Than fear to meet another's eye. 

The stolen prize would not be sweet. 
In pride I could not ever show it. 
Men might not know me for a cheat, 
But I would ever after know it. 



-Edgar Guest. 



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News From Our 
Churches 



LOST CREEK, KENTUCKY 

Here as at so many places now, much prayer is going up 
to the Throne in behalf of "our boys" in the service. Here we 
are praying much also for the forty some Riverside boys out 
in the service. Most of these boys are members of the Breth- 
ren Church here. A few days ago we had what to us is a re- 
markable answer to prayer. I quote from this "boy's" letter: 

Somewhere in Africa, 
January 14, 1943. 

Mr. G. E. Drushal, 
R. C. T. S., 
Lost Creek, Ky. 

Dear Mr. Drushal: 

I don't know why I am writing to you like this, but 
somehow I feel it my duty to, and I feel that I owe it to 
you. I haven't written you a single line since I have been 
in the army, which now has been three years. But I often 
think of you and wish that I could be back there to at- 
tend your services. 

One reason I am writing you, I want you to remember 
me on Easter Sunday, and sing a couple of hymns for me 
at my request. No. 1 is "Blessed Assurance," and No. 2 
is "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning." At the same time 
I will be singing them if the Lord lets me live that long. 

We don't have any church house on the battle front, but 
we do have a Chaplain with us and can hold services on 
Sundays. Each night I say a prayer for the "boys" in the 
service and also for the folks back home, too. 

And I pray that this war shall end soon, so I and all 
the rest of the boys can join you and all the boys back 
home once more. 



I am sincerely your friend. 



The Brethren Evangelist | 

ings was very good and exceptionally good when you consider 
the 24 hour shifts that the defense plants are working on. 
After three years of trials, most Dayton people had either 
decided to join the church or quit. We had the field pretty 
well gleaned before the meetings. To those in the community 
all was too new and the people too sound and stable to make 
any snap decisions, BUT AGAIN we have proven the true 
value of an Evangelist that will promote and create unity, 
good feelings, and leave favorable impressions with lasting 
results. 

During the month of February we have not had a Sunday 
pass without confessions. We have added to the church inii 
that month, by baptism, confession and relation, 20 members, ij; 
We have many other promises from those attending regu- 
larly which proves again that the Lord will still add to the 
church daily such as should be saved. \, 

An outstanding blessing recently. We took the first con-'l 
fession of two men in one afternoon's calling, one aged 65, ; 
the other near 80 years. 

In general the additions have been well distributed over all 
ages, youth, young married people, and those of more mature ; 
ages. I 

Our Sunday School has more than doubled in attendance , 
since we have been in the new building. Fred W. Eccard, the i 
new Superintendent is putting on an aggressive program 
with his two younger assistants, Edgar John and Syd Hyatt.l 
They promise us a real live Sunday School for 1943. 

The church attendance has been averaging approximately 
200 on Sunday morning with about one-fourth that in the eve-' 
ning. 

In the past few months we have organized a new Laymen's' 
Group, a new Christian Endeavor and a new Sisterhood. 

The middle of February we had our first baptism and first 
communion, the former in the afternoon, Sunday, the 14th, 
and the communion followed in the evening. Botti services' 
were very well attended. 

We seek the prayers of the entire brotherhood as we plan 
a series of Easter services for the week preceding Easter.i 
The pastor will bring us a series of messages on, "Some Great 
Decisions For Passion Week." 



Taylor Barnett 



We have figured the difference in time, have written this 
brother, and on Easter morning we will sing these two songs 
with a meaning they had never had for us before, a real 
worship with the boys in Africa by the way of the Throne. 
God bless them all. 

G. E. Drushal. 



DAYTON, OHIO 

A few words and a flash as echoes from Dayton since the 
Dedication. 

Immediately following Dedication J. Ray Klingensmith was 
with us in two weeks of meetings. The object was to intro- 
duce the church to the community and give each of them the 
opportunity to come to church any evening in the week and 
met the new congregation in their neighborhood. 

In this respect the meetings were highly successful. There 
was from ten to twenty strangers in the audience each eve- 
ning, the most of them have been back to regular services 
since the meetings. The average attendance for the meet- 



ELKHART, INDIANA 

The week with Dr. L. E. Lindower, of Ashland Seminary,i 
has come and gone — a week of inspiration to the Bible stu-' 
dent and a blessing to all who were able to attend his lectures.' 
Just how far-reaching this was, we cannot know, but we dci 
feel his week with our people has encouraged a deeper re- 
search for the teaching our Master wanted us to know and 
practice. 

Such lectures as, "What do Brethren Believe and Why^ 
"What is the Church?" and "What of the Future," help the 
student to give a reason for the hope within. At no time did 
he seek to influence his audience by personal opinions, buti 
followed the Word which is uncompromising. His manner isl 
forceful — his presentation tactful — his statements plain. 

Dr. Lindower made many friends among our people— i 
friends who are already looking for his return. 

During these special services the choir was faithful. Thisi 
organization is always alert and busy — they are faithful irt 
every service — with Mrs. Faye Wilson, director, Mrs. Ferr' 
Gilbert, Organist and Mrs. Bertha BoUey, pianist. The hour? 
of planning and practice are many and often do we fail tq 
appreciate. May God continue His blessing. 

Edna Nicholas. 



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Sabotaging Christian 
Brotherhood . . . 

Missions and Wars . . . 

Is Foreign Missionary 
Work Justifiable? . . . 

Easter Will Return . . . 

J. Ray Klingensmith 



News From Washington 
and Uniontown . . . 



Making the Most of 
the Anointing . . . 

Dr. Warren D. Bowman % 



From Here and There 



1943 Thanksgiving Offering 




Home and foreign -missions are alternate beats of the same heart. — 
E. Stimley Jones. 



Vol. LXV No. 12 
March 20, 1943 

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FINAL 




LAST MIKUTE NEWS 



We have just returned from another effort in 
Evangelism and preaching to the church. This time 
we were at Oakville, Indiana, for two weeks, where 
we entered our first pastorate after graduating from 
the Seminary. It was the cordial invitation of the 
Reverend S. M. Whetstone and the evangelistic com- 
mittee of the church at Oakville that took us to Oak- 
ville. 

The two weeks there proved to be a great inspira- 



tion and lesson to the writer. Seven years ago while 
serving there it seemed impossible that a very large 
ministry could issue from a congregation in that 
small community. But it has taken only these few 
years to prove otherwise, for Oakville is a powerful 
Brethren church. Reverend Whetstone has an at- 
tendance at his services that could well be aimed at 
by many of our large churches. There is a church 
consciousness in the community that would make 
many a city pastor thankful. And there is a spirit of 
enthusiasm about that church that is born out of the 
fact that it is the church in the community and the 
only one. 

Sunday, February 28, was an important day in 
the history of that congregation, for six deacons and 
deaconesses were ordained. They were Mr. and Mrs. 
Charles Kern, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schooley and 
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sollars. In this step the Oak- 
ville church broke over some of the older traditions 
and ordained some very young servants of the Lord 
in the church. We were privileged to be there and to 
assist in this beautiful service. May the Lord use 
each one of these new ordained servants for many 
years of great work. 

in addition to the fine Thanksgiving offering of 
$340.92, the congregation gave a free will offering 
of $125.00 for the meeting. Considering that they 
purchased a new furnace, a new pump for the church 
and new hard wood floors, and also a new furnace in 
the parsonage, and considering that these improve- 
ments have been paid for already, they are worthy 
of great commendation for their stewardship. 

Many of the readers are already acquainted ^vith 
Mr. Charles Kern who for nearly 30 years has been 
the Sunday School Superintendent there. Also many 
readers of The Evangelist know Oakville to be the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. George Metzker, who for years 
have been among our most faithful Brethren people 
Some of us were trying to recall a Sunday when 
George Metzker had been absent from Sunday School 
or from church, and this we could not do. Finally 
upon consulting him we found that he could not re 
call any absence for many years, perhaps 30. 

Oakville has become one of our best churches. Thej 
have some fine lay leaders. We were delighted to ad-l 
dress a fine Layman's Meeting in the church before 
the meeting began. 

Like many of our churches, Oakville looks at £ 
many-starred Service Flag each Sunday and pray; 
for her noble boys who once joined with her in sonj; 
and prayers and work in the local church. May God 
hasten the day when she and all the rest will hav^ 
her boys home again and the "Lights come on agai| 
all over the world." 



March 20, 1943 



Editorials 



By J. Ray Klingensmith 



SABOTAGING CHRISTIAN BROTHERHOOD 

In the October issue of the Catholic Digest there 
appeared an article occupying the first 6 pages en- 
titled "Sabotaging the Good-Neighbor Policy." The 
writer, John W. White, states that during a year's 
residence in Mexico he had been trying to get to the 
bottom of the dislike and distrust that perfectly 
charming, well-educated and intelligent Mexicans 
feel towards the people of the U. S. He states his 
conclusion first and then uses the other six pages 
to prove it: namely, that the amazing amount of lit- 
erature on the subject of American missionai'ies and 
their meddling in Mexican politics and revolutions 
has led him to believe that the missionaries of 
Protestant Christianity are guilty of sabotaging the 
Good-Neighbor Policy. 

Mr. Wliite, who professes to be a Protestant him- 
self, cites an impressing number of prominent names 
and circumstances to support his Catholic thinking. 

However, he has clearly indicated his fallacious 
understanding of Christianity as it has worked for 
2,000 years when he seeks to curtail The Great Com- 
mission of Jesus Christ as given in Matthew 28:19 
in favor of a present and recently conceived ix)licy 
of good neighborliness between two governments. In 
sacrificing Christianity itself for an agreement be- 
tween two governments which Mr. White thinks mis- 
sions is hindering, he immediately divides into 
groups and races the nations that are eligible for 
Christianity and those who are not. Thus he not only 
betrays his understanding of Christianity but also 
opposes the very thing that the Allied Nations have 
gone to war about: freedoms of humanity, religion 
not exempted. It is unfortunate that this article was 
released in a magazine that purports to be Christian. 
Is this the dream of Catholics? Is the so called 
"Christian Nation" of the world to be restricted in 
sending the Faith upon which it was founded to 
others in order that the Catholics may rule in those 
quarters, undisturbed by the Light of the Gospel? 

We rejoice that the Protestant Denominations 
have not let this pre-mature religious coupe go un- 
noticed. To name a few great publications who have 
challenged this wishful thinking of the Catholics con- 
sider The Christian Century, Christian World Facts, 
Missions, The Protestant, the last named which con- 
tains a strong statement issued by the Federal Coun- 
cil of Churches.* 

Of course, this is but a trial balloon to test whether 
the Christian Church in America is tired of Jesus 



*See next article. 



and missions. Naturally, if so the argument could 
then be carried to all of South America, since there 
are 60,838,143 Catholics in South America as against 
6-57,481 Protestants. The implication would be to let 
the Catholics have South America. And thus we could 
reason that we may as well forget missions in coun- 
tries where Buddha, Mohammed or the devil had 
a majority of the people. Likewise, we could 
reason it in North America right here at home, 
for the Catholics have in round numbers 48,000,000 
followers as against 38,000,000 Protestants. 

There are two facts to which we wish to call your 
attention. First, is the fact that Christianity is a 
universal faith. Even the Catholics themselves are 
represented in practically every country in the world. 
By what reasoning do they wish to eliminate the 
Protestant view of Christianity from sections of the 
world where they themselves are just as foreign. 
They falsely assume and pretend that they have gath- 
ered all of the people of Mexico and of South Amer- 
ica into their fold. The expansion and growing pop- 
ularity of Protestant missions in these countries 
proves that either they do not have all of the people 
with them or else the people they thought they had 
are getting tired of them and need Protestantism. 
Secondly, this attempt of the Catholics to keep Pro- 
estants out of Mexico and South America should be 
the greatest encouragement the Protestants have en- 
joyed in the history of their mission work in these 
countries. It reveals the Catholics appraisal of our 
strength and the consequent danger to their own 
political system. Thus we have proof, our enemies 
themselves being the judges, that our work is not in 
vain in the Lord. 

Consider what a frightful paradox this untimely 
dream presents. The Allied Nations of the world, in- 
cluding South America with us, are giving their sons 
to guarantee freedom of religion among other things 
to the world of men and nations. Now comes a writer 
in a religious magazine professing to be a Protestant 
Christian attempting to undermine and undo the 
very thing the world is at war about, boundary lines 
and racial restrictions. 

We fear that Mr. White has contributed more to 
straining relations between millions of people not 
only in our owti country but eventually in South 
America and Mexico if his policy is carried to the 
ultimate than any few or singled out fanatic mis- 
sionaries may have done. And, furthermore, he has 
in his effort sabotaged the very spirit of Christianity 
and Christian brotherhood which desires fii'st of all 
to share Jesus Christ with all of those who do not 
have Him, even those that the Catholics cannot reach. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



QUOTING AN EDITORIAL FROM THE 
PROTESTANT 

(Dec-Jan., 1943) 

It is with deep concern, therefore, that we have 
witnessed an effort now publicly endorsed in the 
United States by the Archbishops and Bishops of a 
sister Christian communion which constitutes a re- 
ligious minority in this country, to set the relation 
of Protestant Christianity to Hispanic America in a 
perspective which does violence both to historical 
truth and contemporary fact. We deplore the pre- 
tension of the Roman Catholic hierarchy to circum- 
scribe the religious freedom of Protestant Christians 
in the proclamation of their faith, while by implica- 
tion reserving for themselves the right to the uni- 
versal proclamation of their own. We can imagine 
no policy more certain to project into the New World 
the baneful intolerance which is now producing such 
tragic consequences in the contemporary life of 
Spain. We, accordingly, feel it incumbent upon us to 
make the following simple and plain affirmations: 

First: The Federal Council of the Churches of 
Christ in America stands, and will continue to stand, 
for the principle of religious liberty and for the 
right of religious minorities in the United States and 
throughout the world. 

Second: The churches represented in this Coun- 
cil will continue to express solidarity with the na- 
tional and autonomous Protestant churches in His- 
panic America, whose numerous members are loyal 
and patriotic citizens of the countries where they 
dwell. They will also continue to avail themselves of 
the constitutional freedom which the republics of 
Hispanic America grant to the representatives of 
every faith. Their controlling aim in the discharge of 
their ministry will be, as it has always been, to have 
a part, however humble, in interpreting the signifi- 
cance of our Lord Jesus Christ for life and thought 
in those great and growing nations. 

Third : We affinn, with full and first-hand knowl- 
edge of the facts, that, so far from Protestant insti- 
tutions and the representatives of Protestant Chris- 
tianity being a peril to good relations between the 
Americas, they are today, with some easily explained 
exceptions, and have been for decades, regarded with 
great favor by governments and peoples in the coun- 
tries where they are located. 

Fourth : While obliged by circumstances not of our 
seeking to make this statement in order to clarify 
the American Protestant position upon a crucial 
issue, it is nevertheless the judgment and desire of 
this Council that Protestant and Roman Catholic 
Christians should combine their influence, in these 
days of supreme crisis, to work for religious freedom 



and the other great freedoms, both now and in the 
post-war world. 



MISSIONS AND WARS 

Quoting from a brilliant article by Dr. Kenneth 
Scott Latourette, D.D., LL.D., Ph.D., in the Inter- 
national Review of Missions, Oct., 1942 : 

"The Christian faith has begun some of its most 
significant advances in the midst of what to con- 
temporaries appeared disastrous and overwhelming 
reverses. At the time, the objective outsider, if he 
noticed it at all, would have said that Christianity 
was being threatened with elimination and was prob- 
ably on the way to disappearance . . . 

"Sometimes, when the clouds have cleared and the 
perspective has been gained through the passage of 
the centuries, it has become apparent that these ac- 
complishments have been more widely influential 
than the wars and revolutions in the midst of which 
they were begun and which at the outset quite over- 
shadowed them." 

Dr. Latoui'ette then reminds us that the modern 
missionary movement began in the days of the 
French Revolution and the world war which came 
out of it — what are usually termed the Napoleonic 
Wars. In 1792,when the French Revolution was ap- 
proaching the acme of its violence, across the Chan- 
nel in a small city in England, William Carey and 
a few of his fellow ministers were organizing the 
Baptist Missionary Society. 

In 1795, when the wars of the French Revoluton 
were well under way, the London Missionary Society 
was organized. 

In 1707, in spite of the fact that Holland was oc- 
cupied by the French, the Netherlands Missionary 
Society was inaugurated. 

In 1709, when Napoleon was returning from the 
Near East from his efi'ort to break Britain's com- 
munications with India, the Church Missionary So- 
ciety for Africa and the East was begun. 

In the year 1804, which was the year of the most 
acute danger which the British Isles saw between the 
Spanish Armada and 1940, because then Napoleon 
threatened to invade England, the British and For- 
eign Bible Society had its inception. 

Dr. Latourette reminds us that during these years 
of stress and turmoil caused by wars, when Chris- 
tianity seemed to be threatened with banishment 
from the earth, that the effects of the missionary 
undertakings of those years have been more signifi- 
cant than either the French Revolution or Napoleon. 
He also reminds us of the immense debt of these un- 



March 20, 1943 



dertakings to the earlier Moravians and the German 
Pietists. 

Harper and Brothers, in 1940, published a book. 
The Unquenchable Light by Dr. Latourette, which is 
a thesis proving that Christianity and the Church 
have been their strongest in every age when they 
most accurately represented Jesus and that Chris- 
tianity and the Church have suffered their greatest 
declensions when they failed to represent Him. Both 
his article in The International Revieiv of Missions 
from which we have quoted the above, and his book 
are well worth your study. 



IS FOREIGN MISSIONARY WORK JUSTIFIABLE 
TODAY? 

The inter-racial and international struggles of 
world propoitions which we are witnessing today 
justif}^ an evaluation of the foreign missionary en- 
terprise. 

Thousands of missionaries who have served for 
many years at the cost of many thousands of dollars 
to their boards have been completely or partially 
halted in their efforts. The loss of properties, lives 
and money to the home denomination becomes large. 
The years of preparation seem for the moment dis- 
regarded. The importance of the message they bear 
is wholly overlooked in those instances. Then why 
should we continue to appeal for mission offerings 
and workers for foreign lands? Or should we? 

Naturally it is not new these days for the work- 
man to organize and dictate to the employer; nor 
for the student body to declare a strike against the 
faculty; nor still for the child to rebel against the 
parent. In an atmosphere of such individual liberty 
and individual authority as we experience every day, 
It is not to be marvelled at too greatly if man begins 
to question even God and His assignments. The fact 
of Christianity today in any place in the world ex- 
cepting Galilee of old cannot be explained on any 
other basis than foreign missions. It chose some of 
the most hazardous times known to the world in 
which to diffuse itself. And it measured its values 
not in the cost of the buildings lost or the years 
spent, but rather in the eternal light of the human 
lives gained for God from sin and superstition. 

Consider the work of Abraham, making his jour- 
ney in the name of God to a land infested with Ca- 
naanites and strange cultures. The cost was tremen- 
dous. The time involved may be called wasteful even 
if counted by the hour or day. And the comparative 
openings for real witnessing may seem few. But God 
sent him ; and he went. 



Study Moses on his "mission to Egypt." Somewhat 
a minister without portfolio and without ambassa- 
dorial standing in the courts of that great nation, 
and even in open antagonism from the king himself 
he continued. God said so and it was all right with 
Moses. The i-esults and the cost were not figured so 
closely as we probably would account for them. But 
he gained a great "beachhead" for God in Egypt 
first. He then led a nation "up from slaveiy." 

Follow the prophets of the captivity in their for- 
eign mission work and estimate anew the value God 
has always placed upon such work. For instance, was 
Daniel's effort worth while witnessing in a nation 
that finally turned to him for advice in an hour when 
the king trembled and his knees smote together? 
Would you consider Jeremiah's work too costly! 
Would you do away with Ezekiel's life work because 
it cost too much? Where would "the faith of our 
fathers" be today without the effort of these men? 

Is it necessary to again present St. Paul's and 
Barnabas' work, to say nothing of the thousands of 
men and women of the first century who went every- 
where preaching Christ? Those things are known to 
every Sunday School child. 

But were there not one of these overwhelming 
reasons for foreign mission work, we still have the 
plain command of Jesus Christ upon us if we claim 
Christianity as our i-eligion. 

Jesus Christ claims to be our Lord, and so we ack- 
nowledge it upon confession of faith and in the acts 
of our Christian lives. Then to repudiate His Great 
Command and His last injunction upon us on the 
grounds that He was mis-infomied and that His 
work is just not expedient today because of "difficul- 
ties" is to admit that we have accepted the reversed 
craze of the age where subordinate dictates to su- 
perior. We seriously doubt that God has changed 
with the times enough to accept this temporary prac- 
tice. 

Having presented these reasons there is still an- 
other that is by no means the smallest one. Some of 
us want to do it because we want to do something 
real for Him. We want to join hands in His lifework 
and Will. We confess our human failure in so many 
things that in this we long to make our heart feel 
good in obedience to what it tells us. So by yielding 
to an act and demand of faith, regardless of how well 
the reason in the light of world situations seems to 
point, we renew our faith in God and in faith itself. 

The obedience is for us to see to ; the results are for 
God to see to. He will if we will. I stand against 
those who would reverse God's order on Foreign Mis- 
sions. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



EASTER WILL RETURN 

While everything related to human beings in the 
present world has suffered modification and in some 
instances complete change, the things of Life about 
us continue as God has regularly ordained that they 
should. The tides, the winds, the stars, the sun, the 
moon, the laws of nature and still the laws of God 
are in force. 

In the Springtime comes our commemoration of 
Jesus' victory over the evil forces of life and death. 
Christianity has ever proclaimed it as the victory 
upon which it was born. 



We honour Jesus Christ as Christion people at this 
time. We fulfill to the best of our ability His Great 
Commission to preach the Gospel and send His tid- 
ings afar. 

At Eastertime our churches send in their mission- 
ary gifts which will soon fly to another continent to 
make the Word flesh in other homes and individuals. 
Our workers in South America and their Sunday 
Schools and churches depend entirely upon our sac- 
rifice at Eastertime. We hope every church and 
reader of our church paper will meditate upon the 
eternal values and upon the divine involvement of 
our Christian Great Commission. You can be a co- 
worker with Christ in this. 



-#■ 



Clarence Fairbanks 

Brings News from Washington, D. C. 



In the last issue of Missionary Number of The 
Evangelist, there is a paragraph by Brother Charles 
Messier that expresses one's attitude toward the very 
fine brethren in this city, "Great ideality like great 
beauty can never be adequately expressed. There are 
realities beyond the range of words. When we at- 
tempt to say our deepest thought or describe a spir- 
itual experience, the best we can do is to make little 
pictures of parables." How can one put into words 
the very fine spirit and cooperation shown by such 
a loyal group of men and women who are working 
to bring the kingdom of God to people who have 
never made a confession of Christ? 

In spite of gasoline rationing (three not four gal- 
lons per coupon), sickness, longer hours in the shop, 
and many other factors that have decreased attend- 
ani^e in other churches ; our attendance has been un- 
usually high. Everywhere the pastor and his wife 
have been received with open arms and everywhere 
there is evidence of good substantial work being 
done. Many members ai'e bringing their friends with 
them to church services. This not only saves gaso- 
line and tires, but also brings many people to church 
who would not otherwise be in the house of God. 
Many names have been given the pastor of Brethren 
people who live in Washington and the prospect list 
is growing by leaps and bounds. Some of these peo- 
ple have already begun to come to our services, but 
a great number of names are given without ad- 
dresses. We have practically no way of finding these 
addresses and thus many families who are Brethren 
never receive a call from the pastor and quite natur- 
ally do not attend our church services. If you have 



any information regarding any Brethren family that 
has moved to Washington or its vicinity, won't you 
please send that information to me at once? You will 
not only help us in our efforts to build a strong Breth- 
ren Church in Washington, you will also help keep 
these people Brethren until the day they move back 
to their home towns. 

We have a very active group of w^omen in tljis 
church who not only have a live-wire Missionary So- 
ciety, but also a group of women who meet on Thurs- 
days to sew for the Red Cross. Already they have 
sewed over a hundred-fifty pieces of wearing appar- 
el besides many duffel bags and other materials for 
the Red Cross. 

The people here are not only willing to work for 
their church but also they are willing to give liber- 
ally to it and their denomination. You have already 
seen what they have given to Home Missions. Then 
on two weeks' notice they brought $374.31 to the al- 
tar as a beginning of a building fund. Men are at 
this present moment on the look out for a suitable 
lot on which to erect a house of worship. Soon we 
hope, in spite of material rationing and priorities, to 
build a Church Home. We have been told, by the 
Washington Federation of Churches, that there are 
not enough churches in Washington to take care of 
all the people. This is a good city in which to build. 
This is a city in which the Brethren Church can 
grow and live for Christ. These people deserve your 
prayers and encouragement. There is much that this i 
group can do, but they can not do it all alone. Pray j 
for them. I 



March 20, 1943 



Dyoll Belote 

Tells 



of Brethren Interests 



in 



Uniontown 



In November of last year the writer made report 
of the work at this place. Since that report we have 
been beset with the same problems that are faced by 
the Christian Church eveiywhere. Gas rationing, en- 
listment and induction into the armed forces of the 
country, defense work taking some away to other 
localities to work, quarantines for contagious dis- 
eases, the granting of church letters, etc., have con- 
tributed to the lowering of our average attendance 
to quite a marked degree. We are not meaning to 
intimate however that we are growing discouraged, 
but like Paul of old, "Forgetting the things that are 
behind, and reaching forth unto the things that are 
before, we press toward the mark of the prize of 
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." We are sui'e 
that the harder the task the greater the joy and sat- 
isfaction in its accomplishment, and so we thank 
God and take heart. 

During the month of November we had Elder N. 
V. Leatherman with us for a week of Doctrinal 
Teaching and spiritual encouragement. Brother 
Leatherman acquitted himself splendidly, and gave 
us some excellent admonition and uplift. The attend- 
ance at the services was not all what we should like 



Sundays out of each month when the Uniontown con- 
gregation does not have morning worship services, 
the writer should provide preaching services for the 
Highland brethren on those dates. The matter was 
taken up by the Highland congregation and favor- 
ably acted upon. So since January first we have been 
giving these good Brethren services each second and 
fourth Sunday mornings. And we have had som« 
experiences driving those thirty-five miles over slip- 
pery, snowy roads to get to the appointments. But 
the Highland people are a fine group and we enjoy 
fellowshipping with them. The neighboring Church 
of the Brethren have not yet joined in on the hook- 
up, but we are hoping to reach a satisfactory under- 
standing and arrangement with them in the near 
future. This is our way of showing our appreciation 
for the help that has been given us by the brothei'- 
hood — by seeking to help others. 

On February 21 we are planning to have the firsi 
issue of our Church Bulletin ready to hand out at 
the morning services. This will enable us to maintain 
a closer touch with the several families who are pre- 
vented from regular attendance by the gas ration- 
ing rulings. We happen to be in the district where 



If a congregation is not a missionary church, fifty years afterwards it will be a 
missing church. — Selected. 



it to have been, but it is certainly true that "the 
world is too much with us," and keeps even Chris- 
tians from being as faithful as they should be. Vis- 
iting delegations from the Masontown Brethren 
church, and the local Church of the Brethren were 
present at some of the services. 

While Brother Leatherman was with us word came 
from the Highland Brethren church, in Washington 
county, and about thirty miles from Uniontown, that 
they were without a pastor. This group has been 
sharing the pastor services of a neighboring Church 
of the Brethren for some two years, but this ar- 
rangement was broken up by the removal of the 
pastor to another field. A representative of the 
Church of the Brethren District Mission Board for 
Western Pennsylvania contacted me and sought for 
continued cooperation in the care of the two congre- 
gations. Brother Leatherman and I visited the sec- 
retaiy of the Highland congregation (Brethren) and 
after some discussion, and in \iew of the fact that 
the Church of the Brethren had no available pastor 
to recommend to the field, Brother Leatherman (who 
is President of the Brethren District Mission Board 
of Pennsylvania) proposed that since there are two 



a gasoline ration coupon is only worth three gallons 
of gas, and many of our people find their allotment 
scarcely sufficient to allow them to get to town for 
their groceries — and in some cases they must get to 
and from work on their allotment. So the reader can 
understand how a Bulletin is going to help us. 

During the last three months we have lost two 
from our membership by letter, and one by death. 
This reduces our numerical strength slightly, but we 
hope to regain the loss by the addition of others. It 
is hoped that we may be able to have an evangelistic 
campaign later in the spring, and believe there are 
those who are looking our way. 

The congregation continues to respond to the ap- 
peals of the various auxiliaries for financial assist- 
ance as they are presented. No call has been ignored, 
and the responses have been commensurate with the 
financial ability of the membership. We still assert 
our belief in the teachings and practices of "The 
Brethren Church," and declare our intention of pro- 
claiming those same teachings and observing the 
practices of the Fraternity as we believe the Breth- 
ren understand the teaching of God's Word. Breth- 
ren, remember us when you pray. We all need it. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Anointing for Healing 

Conclusion - Chapters III and IV 

Printed by permission of the Brethren Publishing Company, Elgin, Illinois. 



Dr. Warren 
D. Bowman 



In line with the preceding thought, Dr. Curtis B. 
Bowman, physician and surgeon, of Cliicago, 111., 
says, "As a surgeon, when confronted with a serious 
illness, I am always desirous that the patient seek 
divine help. I have found by years of experience 
with the sick that they go through their sickness 
much better when they have confidence both in their 
physician and their Creator. To me there is no con- 
flict between divine help and that rendered by the 
physician. It is always a miracle when an abdomen 
is opened, a tumor is removed, and those areas again 
heal and become normal. It is no less a miracle that 
scientific men can, by following scientific laws, com- 
pound new formulas which save thousands of lives. 
Healing is brought about by the physician following 
the creative laws of our Master, but such healing is 
not accomplished independent of men seeking the 
best scientific knowledge. Both are needed; and if 
the sick rely on either without the other, he is neg- 
ligent of seeking to attain the highest good." 

Dr. Paifus D. Bowman, president of Bethany Bib- 
lical Seminary, says : "If the anointing gets the pa- 
tient in a better mental attitude, helps to get the 
patient right with his fellow men, with himself, and 
with his God, it is bound to have a healing eflrect 
upon his body. . . Further, if a person is brought 
through this service into right adjustment to God, 
why wouldn't the healing energies of the Etei-nal 
work through the patient? The answer to prayer is 
not contradictory to law — it is putting into operation 
a higher law which alters w'hat otherwise would have 
been. The higher laws of the mental processes vitally 
affect physical welfare." He further points out that 
the anointing is just a symbol, and the effect of using 
this symbol is largely determined by the attitude of 
the patient and the way in which the service is con- 
ducted. He concludes by saying, "The anointing has 
an outstanding contribution to make to our church 
life, but in the hands of amateurs or men who are 
spiritually shallow, it will amount to little. If I were 
sick and wanted to be anointed, I would choose care- 
fully the ministers to officiate." 

The Rt. Eev. James E. Freeman, Episcopal bishop 
of Washington, D. C, after reading this paper said, 
"I agree with what you say about fitness for admin- 
istering such a service. In some respects this is the 
heart of the matter ; the man who anoints must him- 
self be an anointed man." 



Some might ask whether the same results might 
not be obtained by prayer without the use of this 
symbol. Similar results are perhaps frequently real- 
ized through prayer centered upon a particular in- 
dividual whose attitude of mind is right. Thus far 
we have no comparative data as between those who 
have been anointed and those who have just been 
prayed for. In the absence of such data we would 
answer that faith often needs something concrete 
on which to lay hold. This need is recognized by 
those denominations which use private communion 
with their sick in a manner somewhat similar to the 
way we use anointing. The anointing furnishes the 
concrete element plus the prayers that are made in 
the patient's behalf. Furthermore, anointing has held 
a very dignified and highly spiritual place in Chris- 
tian history. The disciples whom Jesus sent out two 
by two "anointed with oil many that were sick, and 
healed them" (Mark 6 :13) . It was a prevailing prac- 
tice in the apostolic church. Its power has been at- 
tested to by those religious bodies that have prac- 
ticed it throughout their history. In addition, it fur- 
nishes an appropriate setting for the patient to con- 
fess his sins, to seek forgiveness, and to get all of 
his relationships right with God and man. There- 
fore, we would conclude that anointing, when rightly 
used, is a symbol of inestimable value. 



IV. Making the Most of the Anointins 
Cases of Misuse 

There were surprisingly few cases of misuse men- 
tioned. Some of them are as follows : 

1. Several felt that a few ministers had carried! 
the idea of confession too far, and had tried to draw 
confessions out of the patients. Any confession 
should be left entirely to the patient. 

Nevertheless, there is a virtue in confession when; 
it is voluntary, and perhaps this part of the anoint- 
ing needs to be restudied. Dr. Russell L. Dicks, joint! 
author with Dr. Richard C. Cabot of The Art ofl 
Ministering to the Sick, after reading this paper' 
said : "I was interested in the emphasis you place 
upon confession before the actual anointing. It wouldi 
seem to me that upon the experience of confession 
turns the eflfectiveness of the service." 



March 20, 1943 



2. When the officiating ministers perform the ser- 
vice in an apparently unfeeling and perfunctory 
manner, we have anotlier sample of misuse. Let us 
hope that veiy few of our ministers are guilty of 
performing this sacred service in a mechanical way. 

3. It is a misuse to promise more than might be 
reasonably expected, as this might lay the basis for 
a loss of faith. This calls for a thorough explanation 
of the service to our people. 

4. A fourth misuse lies in conducting the anointing 
mei'ely as a deathbed service or as extreme unction. 
Many thought our people do not call for it soon 
enough after sickness begins. It appears that many 
of our younger members have the feeling that this 
service is largely for the aged, or for those who are 
near death's door. We must lead them to a better un- 
derstanding of this service. 

5. It is also a misuse for an individual to rely upon 
the anointing to the exclusion of medical aid. This 
was mentioned by only one person who says, "I know 
of some people who rely entirely upon the anointing 
service in illness and will not have a doctor. They 
think it would be a lack of faith to call a physician." 
Let us remind ourselves again that anointing is no 
substitute for medical science. God expects us to use 
the best medical aid available. Anointing is a spir- 
itual supplement to medicine. The two should be 
used together for the best healing results. 

Suggestions for Improving the Service 

Suggestions for improving the service by those re- 
plying are as follows : 

1. More adequate teaching concerning its value and 
its appropriate use. This was mentioned by many. 

2. Wholehearted belief in the anointing on the part 
of the anointed and the officiating ministers. 

3. A more thorough preparation for the seiwice 
on the part of the officiating ministers and the pa- 
tient. For the patient, preparation would be getting 
sin and resentment or any other hindrance out of his 
mind and surrendering himself completely to the will 
of God. The ministers might well have a season of 
prayer before the anointing in consecration for this 
sacred service. 

4. Avoid assuring the patient that he will get well. 
"Not my will but thine be done" is the attitude. 

5. One said, "It can be improved by intelligence, 
devoutness, beauty, appropriateness, and impressive- 
ness." 

Is There a Growing Interest in Anointing on the 
Part of Other Denominations'? 

There is some evidence that there is a growing in- 
terest. The Book of Common Prayer of the Episco- 
pal Church contains a service for anointing the sick, 



although at present the service is not widely ob- 
served by Episcopalians. When practiced by this de- 
nomination it sometimes assumes the form of ex- 
treme unction. Some of their leaders feel that anoint- 
ing should be practiced more frequently, that their 
members should call for it in the early stages of sick- 
ness, and that the service should be mainly for heal- 
ing. 

The Rt. Rev. James E. Freeman, D.D., Protestant 
Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Washington, after 
reading this study said, "I think the method em- 
ployed is scriptural, reverent and deeply practical. 
I have long felt that the Christian church has not 
availed itself of practices and usages recognized by 
the early apostolic church." In a similar tone the Rt. 
Rev. Noble C. Powell, D.D., Protestant Episcopal 
bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Maryland, who 
also read the paper, said: "This matter is one of 
great personal interest to me and I am, therefore, 
all the more pleased to have your treatment of the 
matter. I have had occasion to use this method most 
satisfactorily. It seems to me there is a wide field 
just here and I am glad many of us are thinking 
along these lines." 

The Rev. Edward Gabler, rector of Christ Episco- 
pal church, Washington, D. C, says, "It seems to me 
that the practice might well be used in all its dignity 
and reverence by all Christian faiths. It is so clearly 
set forth in Scripture and your cited instances of 
help and healing make me feel we are neglecting one 
of the important avenues of grace as given us by the 
early church." 

Ministers of the Church of the Brethren are fre- 
quently asked to anoint members of other denom- 
inations. One minister states that within the past 
several years he has anointed more member of other 
denominations than he has of his own church. In such 
instances the patient's pastor is asked to assist in the 
service. 

The new emphasis on religion and health is caus- 
ing many well-trained ministers to inquire whether 
there is not some wholesome and deeply spiritual 
method or service that they might employ to aid their 
sick. They desire something that will harmonize \vith 



I NOTICE TO S. S. SUPT. & TEACHERS 

\ 

I Eighty-five per cent of the Sunday School 

I world are lost to the church. Out of this held 

j fifteen per cent comes eighty-five per cent of 

I our church membership. If we took three bush- 

{ els of wheat to the mill and lost more than two 

j bushels in the making, we would ask for an 

j honest check-up as to the loss — A. S. London. 



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modern science and which is free from sensational- 
ism and fadism. One minister upon reading this study 
said : "I have been looking for a service to use with 
my sick, and I should love to use the anointing serv- 
ice, if my people only had the background for it." 
Perhaps a restudy of the anointing by religious lead- 
ers, and a reinterpretation to Christian people of this 
practice of the apostolic church, might be the answer. 
When we come to understand better the mental and 
spiritual laws, and to apply them in aiding the sick, 
it seems logical to assume that the anointing as set 
forth by James will come into wider and wider use 
in Protestantism. 

An Appeal for a Co-operative Study 

I believe that the Church of the Brethren has a 
significant contribution to make to Protestantism in 
this service. As a further study I should like to in- 
vite all of our ministers to co-operate with me in 
making a study of future anointings. Procedure 
should be as follows : First, write down your own 
testimony as soon after the anointing as possible. 
Second, get the patient's testimony concerning the 
beneficial effects he has experienced as soon as con- 
venient after the anointing. Third, secure the testi- 
mony of the attending physician as early as he can 
pass judgment on the case. It will not be possible to 
secure the testimony of the physician in all cases, but 
we can perhaps get a sufficient number of doctors 
to give a statement to make it worth while. Many 
physicians will need to be educated concerning its 
value. We should take care to secure these testimo- 
nials as early as possible for they will be worth far 



more when written down very soon after the anoint- 
ing takes place. If we can secure a number of good 
cases wherein we have the testimony of all three, 
we shall have something of considerable value, not 
only for our own denomination, but for Protestant- 
ism in general. 

Conclusion 

We shall conclude by saying that the anointing has 
been a cherished practice in the Church of the Breth- 
ren throughout her history. Our ministers were prac- 
tically unanimous in expressing their faith in the 
service. The same was true of members who gave 
testimonials concerning their own anointing. Many 
of the ministers feel that we need to guide our mem- 
bers into a better understanding of the anointing, the 
prerequisites for entering into it effectively, and the 
results that might be expected. It also seems quite 
probable that most of us as ministers can learn to 
perform this service more effectively. When both 
the patient and the officiating ministers acquire the 
ability to enter into the anointing with the highest 
efi^ectiveness, then we can expect it to be used more 
frequently and with better all-round results. 

I feel that we as a denomination have kept the 
anointing on a very dignified and highly spiritual 
level. We have not publicized it or tried to popular- 
ize it. It is possible that we have been a little selfish 
with this healing art. But the time is ripe for us to 
study it thoroughly, to strive to practice it more 
eflfectvely, and to give the results of our practice to 
Protestantism. 




FAITH 



In the Scriptures 



The Word of Faith (Romans 10:8) is to be preached in 

The Spirit of Faith (2 Corinthians 4:13) and heard with 

The Hearing of Faith (Galatians 3:2), to be followed by 

The Obedience of Faith (Romans 16:26) ; tliis is rewarded by 

The Righteousness of Faith (Romans 4:13), thus bring one into 

T^e Household of Faith (Galatians 6:10) to enjoy 

The Joy of Faith (Philippians 1:25), and to work 

The Work of Faith (1 Thessalonians 1:3), to pray 

The Prayer of Faith (James 5:15), to put on 

The Breastplate of Faith (1 Thessalonians 5:8) and to use 

The Shield of Faith (Ephesians (6:16) in fighting 

The Good Fight of Faith (1 Timotliy 6:12). 

• — Missions. 



March 20, 1943 



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SILENT VIOLINS « « « 

Luigi Tarisio, was found dead one morning with 
scarce a comfort in his home, but witli two hundred 
and forty-six exquisite fiddles, which he had been 
collecting all his life, cranuned into an attic, the best 
in the bottom drawer of an old rickety bureau. In 
very devotion to the violin he had robbed the world 
of all that music all the time he treasured them; 
others before him had done the same so that when 
the greatest Stradivarius was first played it had had 
one hundred and forty-seven speechless yeai's. Yet 
how many of Christ's people are like old Tarisio ! In 
our very love to the Church we fail to give the glad 
tidings to the world; in our zeal for the Truth we 
forget to publish it. When shall we all learn that 
the good news needs the telling, and that all men 
need to know? — Selected. 



SOUL-WINNERS— WHEN? « « « 

J. Hudson Taylor tells about a Chinese pastor who, 
upon meeting a young convert, asked him if it was 
true that he had known the Lord for three months. 
He replied, "Yes, it is blessedly true." The pastor 
continued, "And how many have you won to Jesus?" 
"Oh," said the convert, "I am only a learner, and 
never possessed a complete New Testament until yes- 
terday." "Do you use candles in your home?" "Yes." 
"Do you expect the candle to begin to shine when it 
is burned half-way down?" "No, as soon as it is lit." 

The young convert saw the lesson, and went to 
work ; within six months several of his neighbors and 
others were saved. — The Christian Digest. 



Those who call themselves Christians and yet do not wish all others to be Christians 
are confessing the insecurity of their own faith. A church that is not dreaming in terms 
of presenting the Gospel to all men is tacitly admitting that it has no message for any 
man. — Kenneth S. Latourett. 



WHY HE DOUBLED HIS PLEDGE 

A business man and a la\\^er, both Christians, 
were traveling in Korea. One day they saw in the 
field by the side of the road a young man pulling a 
rude plow, while an old man held the handles. The 
lawyer was amused and took a snapshot of the 
scene. "That's a curious picture ! I suppose they are 
very poor," he said to the missionary who was in- 
terpreter and guide to the party. "Yes," was the 
quiet reply. "That is the family of Chi Noui. When 
the church was being built they were eager to give 
something to it, but they had no money ; so they sold 
their only ox and gave the money to the church. This 
spring they are pulling the plow themselves." 

The lawyer and the business man by his side was 
silent for some moments. Then the business man 
said, "That must have been a real sacrifice." "They 
did not call it that," said the missionaiy. "They 
thought it was fortunate that they had an ox to sell." 
The lawyer and the business man had not much to 
say. 

When they reached home the lawyer took the pic- 
ture to his minister and told him about it. "I want to 
double my pledge to the church," he said. "Give me 
some plow woi"k, please. I have never yet given any- 
thing to my church that cost me anything." — Pub- 
lisher Unknown. 



THE SHOE ON THE OTHER FOOT 

One native said to another, "If you had 100 sheep 
would you give 50 of them for God's work?" 

"That I would," replied the other. "I would be 
willing to give 50." 

"If you had 100 cows would you be willing to give 
50 of them to the Gospel work?" 

"Oh, yes, I would," was the prompt reply. 

"But you would not do it if they were 100 horses 
would you?" 

"Oh, yes, I would. You would see that I would." 

"But if you had two pigs, would you be willing to 
give one of them?" 

The man's countenance fell, and he quickly replied, 
"No, I wouldn't. You know I have two pigs; then 
why do you ask me that?" — United Presbyterian. 



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DIVIDENDS 

A business man was asked if, from a temporal 
standpoint, he believed that tithing paid any 
dividends. He replied, "Twenty-five years ago I 
began to tithe, and have kept it up ever since. 
My present tithe alone is a good deal larger than 
my total income was when I began to tithe. You 
can make what you will of that." — Selected. 



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The distinction between evangelism and missions is a distinction without a differ- 
ence. The saving of a man in Cleveland is called evangelism, while the saving of a man 
in Shanghai is called missions. — W. A. Elliott 



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The latest figures on church membership in the United States: 

Total church membership, 64,156,895. Of this number, 52,379,597 are above thirteen years of age. 
Seventy million Americans belong to no church. There are two hundred religious bodies in this country. 
Of this number, one hundred and fifty smaller bodies have only 2.7 per cent of the membership. 

— The Christian Index. 



1943 Than\s giving Offering 

We herewith report our last Thanksgiving Offering which we are thankful to say 
met the challenge to the denomination last Conference and in the ensuing months. The 
Brethren denomination has accomplished great things in its 'Thanksgiving Offering of 
1942. We are truly thankful to God and to those who shared in this great victory. 



CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

Lathrop Brcttiren Church 
Mrs. H. L. Coykendall & Frank ..$ 5.00 

Jlrs. Agnes Elliott 20.00 

yiTS. T>. Frey l-OO 

Dave Frey 10-*'0 

Doris Frey 1-00 

I^verne Gerlach l-OO 

F. L. laeist 1000 

Peter Kuiil 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Mattes 10.00 

Donald Mullins 100 

Mr. & Mrs. Cecil DePriest 10.00 

Sunday School 7. 00 

Felix Tacata 5-00 

Peter T. Tacata 10-00 

Mrs- Emma Wolfe 50.00 

W. Wolfe 50. OJ) 

T^liscellaneous 2.7!) $ 

Manteca Brethren Church 

M. E. Gall famUy $20.00 

Mrs. Estelle Huse & sons 5.00 

Mr. &. Mrs. Virgil Ingraham 7. 50 

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Johnson 5.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Ben Logan 3.00 

Mrs. Effie Oliver 1.00 

Millie Bonk 5.00 

Mrs. Lois B. Shank 5.00 

Mrs. Brooks Smith 50 

A member 0.55 

Miscellaneous 22.47 S 

Stockton Brethren Church 

Km-, and Mrs. Frank Oehman ? 10.00 

Philliii Gehman 1.00 

Paul Larson 2.00 

Romona Popejoy 10 

TI. M. Wolfe 15.00 

Miscellaneous il.SO $ 

Miicellaneous California 

F. S. Beeghly ? 40.00 

Ellen G. Lichty 3.00 

F. B. Toder 15.00 ? 

CENTRAL DISTRICT 
Cerro Gordo >Brethren Church 

Erma, Hilda. James Bullock $ .?,Q 

Mrs. Edd Hess 1.00 

Rev. & Afrs. McCartneysmith 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Snoke 1.00 

Mrs. Fari'l Stuart 1.00 

Sunday School 25.00 

A friend 1.50 

A friend l.no 

A friend . .'. 2.00 

A friend 10 

Miscellaneous 4.35 $ 

Lanark Brethren .Church 

.Mrs. Bertha Anderson ? 2.00 

Beginners & PrimaiT Dei)ts 2.00 

Rev. E. D. Burnwortli 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Greenawalt 10.00 

Mrs. Earl Grimes l.OO 

Mrs. Edna Hawbecker 5,00 

Junior Department 4.30 

:Mrs. RUIa Lower 5.00 

Modem Marys Class lO.OO 

Nfrs. Ella Peters 3. 00 

Edwin Puterbaugh 5.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. H. B. Puterbaiich . . 15.00 

Mrs. Isabel Puterbaugh 2.00 

Mrs. Sadie Puterbaugh SO.on 

Mrs. Harve Snavely s.50 

Mrs. Florence Tniman 25.00 

ICennoth Truman 5.00 

H. G. Tniman ' 5.00 

United Workers riass 10.00 



y\r. & Mrs. Earl Wilkins 5.00 

JHsccllaneous 2.10 $ 180.02 

Milledgeville Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Allison i 1.00 

Ida Beard 1.00 

Dr. & Mrs. W. S. Bell 325.00 

Mrs. Dorothy Bott 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Virgil (Bushman 10.00 

C. E 5.00 

Gail & Betty Deet.s 2.00 

Girls' Eveready Class 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Graehling H.SO 

High School Boys and Girls Class.. 2.00 

Mrs. Evelyn Hanna 5.00 

Minnie Kicks 2. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Knox 3.00 

Amanda & Alice Llvengood 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Livengood 5.00 

Sam Livengood 20. 90 

Married Peoples Kum Join t^s Class 50.00 

Men's Class 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Meyer 20.00 

Mrs. BeUe Miller 5.04 

Caroline Miller 1.00 

Sfrs. Bertha Schreiner 3.00 

Hfrs. Ethel Straka 5.00 

Young Peoples Altruist Class . . , . OS.OO 

W. M. S 25.00 

Women's Ixiyal Daughters Class . . 5,00 

Women's Welcome Class 10.00 

Jfiscellaneous 2'!. 50 $ 050.00 

Udell Brethren Church 

Mrs. Mary Homday $ 1.00 

Florence G. Potter 2.00 

Ora A. Powell family 2.00 

Minnio A. Replogle 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. B. Spring 10.00 

Mary \\'hislor 1.00 

Sarah & Dee Wiisler 1.00 $ 19.00 

Waterloo Brethren Churtfi 

Floy Arm.strone $ 15.00 

Rev. & Mrs. W. C. Benshoff 10. On 

Mrs. W. H. Brown 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George Bums 2.00 

Jlrs. Mary Dunbauld 1.00 

Helen Dumire 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Gessner 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Oraa C. Gnagj- 5.00 

Mrs. William H. Greene 15.00 

C. D. Flickinger 10.00 

Friendship Circle Class S.75 

Jennio Harrison 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Kermit Hoard 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. B. Holmes 2.00 

Home Builders Class 15.00 

Richard Arlan Homer 1.00 

Anna Hoover 2. 00 

Junior & Primarj- Depts 5.02 

Carl LaBarre 5.00 

Mi-s. F. R. LaBarre 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. G. Lichty 5.0O 

Ethel Lichty 5.00 

.Men's Brotherhood Class 4.55 

Emma & H. H. Miller 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Glade Miller & Marilyn 10,00 

Mr. & Mrs. Grant .Miller 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lester Afiller 5.00 

Mrs. Carl .Moser 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Melvin G. Peck 5.00 

PrimaiT & Beginners DepL 40.00 

Mrs. B. F. Puterbaugh 5. 00 

-Mr. & Mrs. RuLon & Don 25.00 

Mrs. Emma VanSchoyck 10.00 

Senice Circle Class 35.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde A. Smith 10.00 

Mrs. Emma Strayer 1.00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. A. Wisner 10.00 

Miscellaneous 40.41 S 371.03 



INDIANA DISTRICT 

Akron Cooperative Brethren Church . . 

Ardmore Brethren Church 

Charles Basham $ 1.00 

Ma.dge Bottorff 1.00 

Mrs. Bro^Ti 1. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. G. Carpenter 25.00 

Dorothy Carpenter 15.00 

DarreU Chamberlain 5,00 

Esther Chamberlain 5.00 

.Tuanita Chamberlain 5.00 

Tj. F. Chamberlain 5.00 

Floyd Deck 3.00 

William Dickerson 2.00 

Edna Finney 2.00 

Laymen's Organization 10.00 

Charles Pierce 1.00 

Corp. C. A. Pitiila 5.00 

■Mrs. Elsip Rhmic 1.00 

Mr, & Mrs. A. B. Bobbins 7.00 

Russell Sipress 1.00 

Raymond Shoup 2.00 

Richard Swihart 1.00 

W. M. S 5.00 

Neil Wedell 2.00 

Mrs. Neil Wedell 1.00 

Rev. & Mrs, ^Miitted 10.00 

Misci'llanenus 7,,<!0 

Brighton Brethren Church 

Burlington Brethren Church 

Cambria Brethren Church 

Center Chapel Brethren Church 

Clay City Brethren Church 

College Corners iBrethren Church 

Corinth Brethren Church 

County Line Sunday School 

Denver Brethren Ohurch 

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Birk ? 1.00 

N. B. Brower 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Rufus Carlin 1.00 

ifr. & jrrs. Cliarles Bikenberry ., 2.00 

Georgia Eikenborry 0.00 

Eidon Fahl 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Dale Flora 9.00 

Mrs. Mildred Flora 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Kintner 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Augustus Maus 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl V. Maus 15.00 

Primary Department 7.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Fayette Shoemaker .. R.OO 

Herman Shoemaker 1.00 

Mi.sccllaneous G.14 

Dutchtown Brethren Church 

Elkhart First (Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mri. Herman C. Anderson . .? 10.00 

Mr. & ^frs. Louis Berger 1,00 

:Map DeFrease 50 

Miss Myrtle Dillon 2.00 

:\lrs. C. R. Eddleman 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Ehret 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Evans 1.00 

Mrs. Marj' A. & Lowell S. Felthouse 10.00 

Rev. & Mrs. Delbert B. Flora 15.00 

Mrs. Anna Foltz 10.00 

.Tames Han'e Gibson 5.00 

Cora Gurney 1. 00 

>Er. & Mrs. W. G. Hal! 5.00 

Cashel Heckman 5.00 

Glad.vs Hosier 5.00 

Hattie Kegerreis 1, 00 

Mr. & Jfrs. Jon Lape 5.00 

Mr, & Mrs. Inin Lcatherman .... 5.00 

Mrs. Madffo LeFevre 25,00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Lichtenherger .. 1.00 



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L'lara Martin 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. G. W. McDonald 2.00 

Dick & Pha MUler SO 

Mr. & Mrs. G. O. MiUer 1.00 

Miscellaneous 38.00 

Ollie Pictrell 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Plank 20.00 

Mrs. B. E. Richmond 33 

Mr. & Mrs. Homer Kobbins .... 20.00 

Mrs. Olive Rush 1.00 

Jean Sanderson 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L. K. Secrist 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Shoup 5.00 

Signal Lights 5.00 

Charks E. Smith & family 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Struble 3.00 

Mrs. F. C. Wambaugli 5.00 

W. B. White 1.00 

Naomi WLlsoQ 2,00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph E. Wise .... 7.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Yoder 5.00 

Mr. Mrs. Ben Zimmerman 7.00 

Church 274.15 

Flora Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mrs, Fred Allbaut'h $15.00 

June &. Carmen AJlbaugh ........ 5.00 

Frances Brown 5.00 

Mrs. J. W. Brown 1.00 

Marjorie Brown 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Olaf Brown 5.00 

Mrs. Olaf Brown 5.00 

Marj' Coin 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Cripe 10.00 

Robert Cripe l.Ou 

Mr. & Mrs. Oregon Crume 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Rufus Flora 10.00 

Russell Flora 2.00 

Earl & Devon Humbarger 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Humbarger .... 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Amos Kuns 2.00 

Russell Kuns 5.00 

Max Landis, Jr 2, 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Max Landis 6.00 

Mrs. Monroe Landis 1.00 

Kenneth Myer 1.00 

Doris Musselman 1.00 

Garnet Musselman 1,00 

Mrs. Joe Norton 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Pope 4.00 

Vernabelle Pope 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Pullen 2.00 

Mrs. Floyd Pullen 2.00 

Mrs. Emma Ritchey 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow Robertson . . 2.00 

Mrs. John Sieber 1.00 

Helen Sink 1, 00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Sink 2.00 

W. M. S 25.00 

Lova Walker 1.00 

Cora Wise 1.00 

Willing Workers Class 4.85 

A member 1.00 

A member 11.00 

A member 20.00 

Goshen First Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Baer J 1.50 

Mr. & Mrs. John Baer & Fraacei. . 3.00 

Olive Bailey 50 

Mrs. Baugher 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. Bechtel 2.00 

Beginners Department 2.00 

Berger family 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Berkey 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Eph Culp 15.00 

Mayme Essig 1.00 

Mrs. Sarah Essig 1.00 

Mrs. Lorenz Fetzer 1.00 

Friends 15.35 

Delia M. Ford 1.00 

Mrs. D. H. Fuller 5.00 

Golden Rule Class 10.00 

I.x)denia Hamilton 1,00 

Mrs. Ivena Herring 9,00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Hepler 2.00 

Mrs. Emma Hess 10,00 

Robert K. Higgins 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George H, Howell 1.00 

Mrs. R. W. Huff 1,00 

Junior Department 2.50 

Mrs. N, S. Leek 50 

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Leer 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George Mann 1.00 

Mrs. Adeline Miller 1.50 

Mrs. C. Peterson 1.00 

Charles Pool 1.00 

Matrona Rarick 1.00 

Rollin R. Roth 1.00 

Mr. &. Mrs. H. T. Rowell 5,00 

Rev. & Mrs. H. H. Rowsey 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. G. Rummel 5.00 

H. S. Shrock 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Dale Sparklln 1.00 

Sunday School 42.05 

DeMain Warner & farnUy 6.00 

Emma & Jennie Wenver 1.50 

Mr. & Mrs. N, R. "Weaver 5.00 

Charles E. Welty 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Warren Wenger 1.00 

Tom Wllfret B.OO 

Mr. & Mrs. Vem Tmmc« 1.00 



Miscellaneous 8.30 $ 202.10 

Gravelton Brethren Church :J 10.00 

Huntington First Brethren Church .. i 80.00 

LoPce Brethren Church I 184.00 

Mexico Brethren Churctti I 92.45 

Milford Brethren Church 

Mrs, Ronald Brown } 3.00 

Rev. &, Mrs. W. I. Duker 2.00 

Mrs, C. H. Ireland 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Gawthrop 2.00 

Mrs. Samuel Hartler 50 

Mrs. Mace Hollar 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Mathews 2.00 

C. A. Sparklin LOO 

Mrs. Vern Wysong .45 

Sunday School 15.41 

Miscellaneous 3.91 $ 36.27 

Muncie First Brethren Church I 171.00 

Nappanee First Brethren Church 

Altruist S. S. Cla.ss i 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Arch, Jr 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs, J. W. BeckneU G.OO 

Mrs. Gabe Beigk 1.00 

Mrs. Cloyd Best 50 

Rev. & Mrs. J. M. Bowman 10.00 

Mrs. Hattie Cunningham 25.00 

Mrs. Gertrude Fisher 1,00 

Friends 5.25 

Mrs. Glen Geyer 1,00 

Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Hummel 1.00 

Kugene Jensen 25 

Mr. & Mrs. T. C. Leslie 10,00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Maust 1,00 

Mrs. Milo Mellinger 1.00 

Phjilis Mellinger 50 

Grayce Miller 1,00 

Mrs. Perry Miner 1.00 

Mr. Sc Mrs. Carlyle Pippen 5.00 

Mrs. Jesse Price 1.00 

Dr. & Mrs. M. D. Price 32.50 

Eugene Roose 26 

Mr. Sz Mrs. Oscar Sechrist 5.00 

Wessie Sechrist 1,00 

Mr. & Mrs. U. J. Shively 25.00 

Mrs. Melvin Stuckman 1.00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Mrs. Minnie Walters 5.00 

Mrs. Vern Walters 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Weaver 2.00 

Mm. Joe Weybright 1.00 

Mr, <t Mrs. William Widmoyer 10.00 - 

Sunday School & church 143.75 $ 323.00 

New Paris Brethran Church | 247.00 

Nortfi Liberty Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Hevel } 5.00 

Rev. George E. Pontius 5.00 

Mr. t Mrs. A. E. Price 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Qulgley 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. G. Wolfe 50.00 

Sfft. Paul Wolfe 5.00 

Miscellaneous 41.08 t 121.08 

North Manchester First Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mrs. Ezra Frantz $25.00 

W. E. Ruse & Mr. Badsky 10,00 

Mr. & Mrs. Homer Vance 1.00 

Church 200.00 $ 23G.00 

Oakvillf First Bretiiren Church 

Mrs. Lillle Ball i 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. William Bowman 2.00 

Oris & Viola CoUins 10.00 

Lillian Correy 1.00 

Grover Cochran 10.00 

Kermit Cross family 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Guy Edwards 10.00 

Charles & Paul Pouts 2.00 

Hazel E. Fouts 1.00 

C. C. Harry 25.00 

Charlei Holsinger 1.25 

Minnie Holsinger 1.00 

Robert Holsinger ■ 5.00 

W. M. Holsinger 5.00 

Junior W. M. S 10.00 

Mildred Keesling S.OO 

Mr. & Mrs. Charlet S. Kern 20.00 

Herman & Alta Kirklin 5.00 

Mrs. Molly McShirley 25,00 

Eva P. Metzker 10.00 

George Metzker 10.00 

Mrs. Blanche Reagin 5.00 

Ethel Rutherford 5.00 

Jlr. & Mrs. L. E. Schooley 5.00 

Senior C. E 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. William Skinner 1.00 

Mrs. J. E. Smith 1.00 

Walter & Donna SoUars 10.00 

Sunday School CO. 88 

Sunday School Birthday Offerlnss 21,04 

Frank Swain 10.00 

Charles & LiUle Swain 1.00 

Zelma Swain 7.00 

Rev. & Mrs. S. XL Whetstone .. 15.00 

Theresa Mae Wilson 6.00 

Ml*cell4neDU» 11.T5 t 340.92 



Peru First Brethren Churrfi 

Mr. & Mrs. C, D. Clingaman i 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Albert Eikenberry 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Oraer Fenimore 5.00 

Mr. A; Mrs. A. F. Halpin 5.00 

Mrs, F. S. Haney 5.00 

Mr, & Mrs. Marvin L. Maus 5,00 

Mrs. Inez Wray 6.00 

A friend 5.00 

Miscellaneous 8.10 | 48.10 

Roann Brethren Church % 110.34 

Roanoke Brethren Church % G4.00 

Sidney Brethren Church. 

Enid Heckman | 5.00 

Merl Heckman 1.00 

H. D. Hunter 10.00 

Travis Rooney 3.00 $ 19.00 

South Bend First Brethren Church 

Acme Class |5.00 

Mrs. James Buttorf 1.00 

C. E 5.00 

Mrs. G. C. Carpenter 1.00 

Mr. t Mrs. Bryon Christian 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Colip 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. H. Firestone 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Fisher 5,00 

Mr. & Mrs. T. J. Foraker 2.00 

Mr. &. Mrs. Clem Garwood 20.00 

Lillie Garwood 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L. E. Green 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Haenes .... 2.00 

Alberta Hartman 15. 00 

Mr, & Mrs. Har^■e Hartman .... 5.00 

Mrs. Nellie Hartstein 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. William Heiermann .... 20.00 

Lillie Jester 1, 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Kreider IG.OO 

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond L. Kuns .... 200.00 

Mr. & Mrs. William Meinke 25.00 

Mr. &. Mrs. Fred Miller 3.00 

Mrs. Sarah Morgan 50 

Mrs. Mary Obenchain 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Phillips 1.00 

Mr. &, Mrs. William Roscoe 30.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. D. Schrader 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Sholley 5.00 

Mr, & Mrs. Leo Smeltzer 2.00 

Rfv. A Mrs. Claud Studebaker .. 28.00 

Sunday School 50. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Swihart .... 5.00 

Mr, &. Mrs. Lewlyn Swintz 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Dale Ulbricht 19.00 

Eugene Ulbricht 1.00 

Eva Whitmer 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. M. Whitmer 1.00 

Maude Wingard 15,00 

Mrs. Mary Wypeszynskt 50 

Mr, & Mrs. C. R. Toder 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. William Toder 5.00 

Miscellaneous 44.54 t 5113.04 

Tiosa Brethren Church ( 15.95 

Warsaw Brethren Church 

Hiram Ulrey f 10.00 

Church 105.40 $ 175.40 

Misccllaneoui Indiana 
Brethren Toung People of Central 

Indiana j g.oo 

Miscellaneous 1.00 t 10.00 



MID-WEST DISTRICT 

Carieton Brethren Church 

Abigail Ann Gilbert $ 3.00 

Theda Henderson 15 

Mrs. Clarence Hughes 1.00 

Rev, & Mrs. C. E. Johnson 5.00 

Junior Division 2.23 

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Kell 1.00 

Mrs. Lauren Lietsch & Audrey .. 2.00 

Mrs. E. E. Lichty 2.50 

R. A. Lichty 5,00 

Primary & Cradle Roll 3,82 

Mrs. Anna Rachow 1.00 ^ 

Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Rachow 1.00 

Miscellaneous 2. GO 

Harvest Festival 49.95 t 80.25 

Falls City Brethren Church 

Florence Cleaver J 20.00 

Rev, & Mrs. Cecil Johnson G.OO 

Frank Lichty 6.50 

Guy Lichty 5.OO 

Mrs. Mar>- Reiger 15.00 

Miscellaneou.s 34.10 { 8G.60 

Fort Scott Brethren Chureh 

Mrs. Georgia C. Angelo $ 5.00 

Mrs. S. A. Booton & Ruby 1.00 

W*. S. Booton 1.00 

Mrs. Gergc Mayberry 10.00 

Sunday School 15. 00 

A 0. Slvey 50 

MiscelUneoua 26.00 t 57.80 



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Hamlin Brethren Church 

Shirley Cloud S 5.00 

N. 1'. Eglin & Wife 20.00 

S. I. Miller 10.00 

S. A. Shannnn 10.00 

Miscellaneous 11.47 $ 5i]A7 

McLouth Brethren Church ? 34.55 

rilorrill Brethren Churdh 

Mrs. Clara Brim S .50 

S. C. Flicliinger 5.00 

Miscellaneous 2.77 S 7.77 

Mulvanc Brethre;i Churlch 

Mr. i.\: Mrs. Clarence Coleman ....? 25,00 

Mr. & Mrs. Olen Davis 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lee Howard 20.00 

Mrs. Myrtle Kessinger 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Sherman 75.00 

^V. M. S 25.00 

Mrs. Dorciis Wygal 1.00 

^nscL-Uaneoiis 2.51 S 1515.51 

Portis prethren Church 

Agnes Lemon ? 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. G. Lemon 10.00 

Rev. G. J. WoltiTs 5.00 ? 35.00 

OHIO DISTRICT 
Ashland First Brethren Church 

:Mrs. R. M. & Esther Abranis ..$ 4.00 

Robert Abrams 14 

Ml-. & Mrs. C. L. Anspach 25.00 

Rev. & Mrs. George S. Baer 5.00 

W'ilma Baer 2.00 

Mrs. W. A. Beaeliler 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Beeglily 10.00 

Mrs. Orpha Beekley 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Dean J. Benshoff .. 10.00 

Mrs. Esther K. Black 25. on 

Mr. & Mrs, David Boss 10.00 

Mrs. George \V. Brian 5.00 

Mrs, Ruth G. Burns 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. Glenn Carpenter .. 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George C. Carpenter 25.00 

Mrs. Hilda E. Carpenter 3.00 

Robert E. Cowan 2,00 

Mrs. Dorothy D. Cross 1.00 

Mrs. Zella Culbertson 50 

Mrs. A. L. DeLozier 5.00 

Arthur H. DeLozier 12.00 

Dorcas DeLozier 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Dupler 5.00 

L. L. Garber 2.50 

Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Greer 5.00 

Mrs. Ethel & Ruth Harley 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. R. Haiin 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Hazen 20.00 

:Mr. & Mrs. D. W. Hildebrand . . 2.00 

Mrs. Lena. Hoover 2.00 

Jlrs. Grace Jackson & daughters .. 3.00 

Junior C. E 2.00 

Junior S. S. Department 5.74 , 

Mrs. Maude Kestner 5.00 

Mrs. E. L. Kilhefner 20.00 

Beatrice & Eernice King 1.00 

Jane King 1. 00 

Rev. & Mrs. L. V. King 10.00 

Rev. & Mrs. J. Ray Ivlingensmith 40.00 

Mrs. Ella Leedy 1.00 

Mrs. H. H. I>ehnian 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. P. Lersch 1.00 

Mrs. Guilford Leslie 1.00 

John Lindower 1,00 

Mrs. L. E. Lindower 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank IX)nero 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. R. Love 1.00 

Mrs. Guy McConnell 50 

Herschel & Arzella McEntire .... S.50 

Ella Mclvibben 2,00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. G. Mason 15.00 

Phyllis Maust 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Miller 10.00 

Mrs. J. A. Miller 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs, Fred Moherman 2.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl MoMer 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Mundorf 1.00 

Mrs. Hattie Mundorf 1.00 

Mrs. Lydia Murray 1.00 

Clarence W. Myers 50 

Mr. & Mrs. Haney Naugle 10,00 

Mrs. 3. E. Newcomb 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. E, Newcomer 5.00 

A. C. Parry 1.00 

Bill Palton 1.00 

Virginia Patton 1.00 

M. P. Puterbaugh 5.00 

Sirs. Eugene Rumbaugh 1.50 

Rev. & Mrs. Martin Shiveli' 5.00 

Mrs, Sarah Shreffler 50 

Mrs. 1. D. Slotter 10.00 

Mrs. C. R. Stone 5.O0 

Rev. & Mrs. M. A. Stuckey 10.00 

Mrs. Alice Swinehart 25 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Taylor 1.00 

Rev, R. R. Teeter 1.00 

A. R. Thompson 2.50 

Mrs. Ethel Tinkey 2.00 

Rev. & Mrs. F. C. Vanator 8.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. B. Viers 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Weldenhamer . . 15.00 



Mrs. Lyda Wertman 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Elton Whilted 5.00 

Olive Whitted 5.00 

Amy Worst 0.00 

Mr, & Mrs. B. F. Zercher, Sr. .. 10.00 

Miscellaneous 17. DO $ 544.5:; 

Bryan First Brethren Church 

Roy Bevor S 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bmbaker . . 1.00 

Louise Calvin 5.00 

Ada Chappins 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Davis 5,00 

Mr. &. Mrs. W. E. Diehl 1.00 

Mr. & Airs. E, C, Dietricb ,... 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Erlsten 30. OU 

Mable Fraker 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Elsworth Ilimes 1.00 

Eninia KeiT 1.00 

Helen Kerr 1. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Kerr 1.00 

Emma Kimmel l.OU 

Ruby Kuntle 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Rollin Kyser 5.00 

Robert lK)Ciaiart 5U 

Mr. & Mrs. Solon Lockhart 0.00 

Mrs. Harriet Luke 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs, George Manning 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Morton .... 1.00 

Mr. & Sirs. William Musser 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carmen D. Oxenrider 13.00 

Jack Oxenrider 11. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Partee 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Robarge 1.00 

Mre Clara Roughten .25 

Mrs. Henry Sanders 5U 

Mrs Minnie Schad 5.00 

Mre. C. H. Slough 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. RusseU Snyder 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. C. A. Stewart 10.00 

Mrs. Ray Stockton 1.25 

Mr. & Mrs. Lcroy Taskill 1.00 

Mrs. Carrie Zimmerman 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Z\yayer 1.00 

Miscellaneous 34.75 

Birthday Offerings 25. OS ? 202.33 

Canton Brethren Church 

Mrs. Han'ey Bcclitel S 1.00 

Mre. Henry P. Bechiel 5.00 

Beginners Department 2.25 

Mrs. N. E. Clark 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Cordier & Billy 1.50 

Mrs. Dale Cramer 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. 0. Dewell 5.00 

Family Circle Class 25,00 

Mrs. William Glass 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Gotchall 2.00 

Mrs. J. A. Guiley 5.00 

Barbara E. Guittar 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. G. Guittar 10.00 

Donald Guittar l.OU 

Jlrs. Ella Guittar 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Edgar L. Hei.st 4,00 

Mr, & Mrs. H. H. Herbruck 10.00 

Mrs. H. S. Johnson 2.00 

Junior W. M. S 15.00 

Mrs. Gertrude Keatley 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. Y. King 3.00 

Mrs. P. H. Krall 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. P. B. Lindower 12.50 

Dr. L. E. Lindower 10. 00 

Jinmiie McVoy ,10 

Nancy McVoy 05 

James Noland 1.00 

Marj' Noland 5.00 

RobtTta Jane Noland 1.00 

Tom Noland 5.00 

Virginia Noland 5. 00 

Mrs. Byron Ott 5.00 

Senior W. M. S 10.00 

Mrs. Odessa Smith 5,00 

P. M. Snyder 1.00 

Inez Summers 20.00 

Mrs. ZUpha Sutton 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Watkins 5.00 

Mrs. E\a Welker 2.00 

Miscellaneous 11.15 5 225.55 

Clayton Brethren Church 

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Black $ 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ambrose Erba-ugh .... 2.00 

Miss Iris & Mrs. Sarah Gaines .. 2.00 

Sirs. Clara Hepner 25.00 

Mrs. Ora E. Jones 2.50 

Mr. and Mrs. Harrj- Mickesell .... 10.00 

Women's Bible Class 5.00 

W, M. S 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. E. Zeisert 10.00 

Minetta Zeisert 5.00 

A member 5.00 $ 8S.50 

Columbus Cooperative Brethren Church $ 20.25 

D a yt n B reth re n Ch u rch 

Emma Bowman $ 2.00 

G. W. Brumbaugh 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs, A. J. Burgess 10,00 

Mr. A: Mrs. Cliarles Cavander 25.00 

Children's Department 5.00 

Mr- & Sirs. WiUiam Coblentz 5.00 

Mrs. Ella Grouse 5. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Denlinger 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. George Derringer 5.00 



J. G. Drushal 1.00 

Sir. & Mrs. Fred Eccard 10.00 

Flo B. Fogarty 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Russel Fox 12.00 

Rev. & Sire. Vernon Grisso 10.00 

Mr. & Sirs, Stanley Gribblo 10.00 

Mr. & Sirs. Jack Hampton 10.00 

Mr. & Sirs. Merle Heck . . . .■ 10.00 

Elizabeth Hepner 50.00 

Elizabeth Himes 5.00 

Mr. & Sirs. Earl Huette 5,00 

Mr. & Sirs. Sidney Hyatt 10.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Edgar John 5.00 

Junior Church 1.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Slyron Kem 10.00 

Sir. & Sirs. George Kem 

(Trust Fund) 244.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Russel Kemp 10.00 

Bob Keplinger 1.00 

Sir. & Mrs. Everett Keplinger .. 15.00 

Sir. & Mrs. Ed. lOepinger 10.00 

Laymen's Organization 10,00 

Sirs. Emmert C. Lentz 5.00 

Lo Bre Lea Class 50.17 

Mary Loxley 5.00 

Sir. & Sirs, Walter Loxley 5.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Ralph Mann 2.00 

Mr. &. Sirs, J. C. SIcGuire 1,00 

Mr. & Sirs. Oscar McNay 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Thurman Slitchell . . 5.00 

Sir. & Mrs. W. E. Sloist 30.00 

Sirs. A. SL Slumma 5.00 

Sarah Newman 4.00 

Mrs. lona Ozias 3.00 

Pathfinders Class G0.45 

Mr. & Mrs, Earl Phillips 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ben Patterf 5.00 

Sirs. Lulu Riley 1. 00 

Mr. & Sirs. Charles Sager 15.00 

Mrs. Sanger & family 2,00 

Mr. & Sirs. Kenneth Schriml .. 10.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Roy Selby 3.00 

Mrs. Maude Shock 1.00 

Mrs, SloUie Smith 1.00 

Susie Snyder 5.00 

Sunday School 55.72 

Sirs. Grace Switzer 5.00 

G. W. Teeter 5.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Harold Teeter 110.00 

Norma Weaver 1.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Charles Westfall . . 5.00 

Mrs. Valeria Whitehead 10.00 

Eertlia Wine 1.00 

W, SI, S 15.50 

W. SI. S. Evening Circle 2.00 

Willing Workers Class 15,00 

Sir, & Sirs. Ray Yount 15.00 $1,012.84 

Fajrhaven Brethren Church 

SIr.s. Chas. Beegle $ 5.00 

Mrs. Clara Ebert 10.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Harry Gindlesberger . . 5.00 

Sir. & Sirs. C, W. Keener 7.00 

Sir. & Mrs. S. D. Kissler 5.00 

Sirs. Dclpha Slartin & family 5.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Glenn Worst 10.00 

Miscellaneous 14,00 $ CI 

Fremont Brethren Church $ i:^ 

Glenford Brethren Church 

Sirs. 011a E\ersole $ 10.00 

Church 03. 50 $ 73.50 

Gratis Brethren Church 

Clayton 1'. Andrews, Jr $ 25.00 

Mrs. S. F. Andrews 2,00 

W. E. Andrews 5.00 

Mr. & Sirs, Roy Brubaker 10.00 

Sir. & Mrs. A. B. Flory 10.00 

Sirs. OUie D. Focht 1.00 

Sirs. Slary Fudge 5.00 

Mr. & Sirs. N. G. Kimmel 25.00 

James Kiracofe 1,00 

Rev, & Sirs. V. E. Sleyer 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Potlenger 5.00 

Primarj- Department 7.25 

Mr. & Sirs, Charles Smitli 25.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Roy F. Smith & Eileen 10.00 

Louise Turpin 1.00 

W. SI. S 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Wikle 5.00 

Young Slissionaries S. S. Class. . 1.90 

Mr. & Mrs, L. R. Zimmerman . . 5.00 

Sliscellaneous 10. 85 $ 190 

Gretna Brethren Church 

Sir. & Sirs. James E. Ault ? 1,50 

Mre. Cliarlotte Bird 5.00 

George Buckenrotli 3.00 

Slaggie Buckenroth 2.00 

Sir. & Sirs. Banner H. Bush 5.00 

John Bush i.OO 

Sirs. Mabel Dietrick 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Eraerj' C. Hudson .. 10.00 

Mrs. Helen Hudson 4.00 

Sliriam Hudson 1,00 

Mr. & Sire. E. F. Sliller 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Eara J. Neer 25.00 

Sirs. Ida M, Neer 25.00 

Sliscellaneous 7.40 

W, M. S 34.10 $ 154, 

{To be continued) 



March 20, 1943 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. CIdir Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission," 



Topic for April 4, 1943 

"THE GOLDEN RULE: WHAT IT MEANS TO ME" 

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 7:12 



Topic Editor's Note: The topic, discussion, and questions on 
tonight's subject have been prepared by the Citizenship Di- 
rector of the National Christian Endeavor of the Brethren 
Church, Dr. Mw P. Puterbaugh, of Ashland College, Ashland, 
Ohio. 

Have your local Citizenship Director lead the meeting of 
the evening, laying special emphasis on the qualities of a 
genuine Christian faith which go to make up the conduct of 
a good citizen in our country. W. S. B. 



For The Leader 

Just recently a feature writer for a big city daily in dis- 
cussing the "Block Plan" said, "It is as easy to practice as the 
Golden Rule." The statement might be challenged on several 
counts but at least it illustrates the fact that one of the best 
knowTi teachings of the Bible is this verse, sometimes called 
the Golden Rule. Let us see what it really means and how it 
may be used. After all, if it is a rule, it has no value unless 
it is used and as it is used its golden nature is shown. 

DISCUSSION 

1. Some people have argued that this rule did not start 
with Christianity. It is true that an old Jewish admonition of 
a father to his son is, "Do that to no man which thou hatest." 
Confucius said, "Do not to others what you would not wish 
done to yourself." Notice, however, that Jesus makes it a 
rule for positive action. 

It is said that Alexander Severus, a heathen emperor, was 
a great admirer of this rule; had it written upon the walls 
of his room, often quoted it in giving judgment, honored 
Christ, and favored Christians for the sake of it. Christ's 
statement is superior. 

2. Whatever may have been the development of this idea 
of considering others it is plainly evident that Jesus intended 
us to regard this Golden Rule as 'His religion and ours. It is 
a very personal rule and gives all of us a measuring rod by 
which to measure the religion we are actually living. A 
father was once explaining very carefully and exactly to 
his young son what manner of man a Christian was. Finally 
the boy said, "Father, have I ever seen a Christian?" 

•3. This rule does not require us to do whatever others ask. 
There are statements in this Sermon on the Mount which 
suggest this attitude. (Matt. 5:40, 41) But this rule urges us 
to act toward others in the manner and spirit in which we 
should wish them to act toward us. This attitude cannot fail 
to win others. It is the attitude of many modern writers on 
the general theme of "How to \vin friends and influence peo- 
ple." Almost any child will tell you that his playground expe- 
rience has taught him that fair play is right. The Golden 
Rule is fair play to everybody. 



4. Some "experience-wise" adults often question the prac- 
tical nature of the Golden Rule. They say it is a beautiful 
theory and ideal but can not be put into actual practice. The 
story is told of a news dealer in an eastern city who declines 
to stock or sell certain magazines that are not up to his 
standard. Some magazines come to him from wholesalers 
which he can not approve. These unrequested publications he 
packs up and returns. His statement is, "I will not sell to 
any one else's daughter what I will not let my own daughter 
read." 

5. Some students of the Bible have argued that the Golden 
Rule is of use only in a Golden Age or in a Golden City by 
Golden People. Or, in other words, it is a rule to be used 
only by Christians toward other Christians in a thoroughly 
Christian situation. But this sounds too much like the state- 
ment of someone who is defending his unchristian, ungenerous 
act toward another by saying, "If he had been in my place he 
would have done the same thing to me." 

QUESTIONS 

1. Is it difficult to conduct ourselves toward those who 
have the same standards as we do in a way that can be 
measured by the Golden Rule ? How much Christ-like spirit, 
then, does it take to apply the Rule to our conduct toward 
drunkards, criminals, and social outcasts ? 

2. How does this Rule apply to an officer arresting a 
burglar or a judge sentencing a law-breaker ? 

3. Can the Golden Rule be summed up, "Put yourself in 
the other fellow's place ? 

4. How did Jesus acquire so perfectly the Golden Rule 
habit of living? 

M. P. Puterbaugh, Ashland, Ohio. 

SOMETHING TO DO 

Look at yourself in a mirror. Frown. Now smile! What do 
you see? Good reflects good. 

The next time you are in a position to hear an echo of 
your voice, shout first, "I hate you." Then shout, "I like you." 
Whatever you appreciate hearing — that you must first say. 

Be prepared to tell the most outstanding application of the 
Golden Rule that has come under your own observation. 

BIBLE QUIZ ON THE TOPIC 

1. We've often heard the argument, "It won't hurt me if 
I do these things" in reference to attending certain amuse- 
ments. What is Paul's arginnent? Romans 14:21; I Corin- 
thians 8:9-13. 

2. Where is the source of good and evil? Proverbs 4:23; 
Proverbs 23:7; Matthew 15:18; Romans 10:10. 



A South African soldier %vith the British forces in North 
Africa writes home, "They tell us that the reason for the 
scarcity of fruits and vegetables is the difficulty %vith which 
they are transported. Well, I would like to know how they 
get six million bottles of beer up every month. It makes one 
think."— The Voice. 



If the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy 
think that barrooms, taverns, beerhalls and cocktail lounges 
are fitting schools for soldiers who have a world war on their 
hands, these secretaries should reassign the thinking to com- 
petent heads. — Dr. George Barton Cutter, President, Colgate 
University. 



"Perfection does not consist in doing extraordinary things 
but in doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways." 



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Yoder 



The Brethren Church has incurred a solemn obligation definitely connected with the name 
and mission of Jesus Christ. Years ago we took so seriously His great command to "Go ye 
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost." (Matt. 28:19), that we commissioned Dr. Charles Yoder to oversee 
such a venture for us in Christ's name in South America. 

The circumstances that have shaped the church at home in the past few years have 
shaped more perfectly a truly native missionary work in South America. No foreign mission 
work is of permanent value so long as it is dependent upon the home front for all its preach- 
ers. Foreign faces do not appeal so strongly as kindred blood. 

Not only Dr. Yoder, but our native preachers and the hundreds of boys and girls who in 
some instances have been forced to forsake even their family ties for Christ are looking to us 
at Easter time. 

May the Risen Christ's victory and message not be in vain! 




Vol. LXV, No. 13 



March 27, 1943 



THE BIBLE 




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Generation follotvs generation — yet it lives. 

Nations rise and fall — yet it lives. 

Kings, dictators, presidents come and go — yet it lives. 

Doubted, suspected, criticized — yet it lives. 

Hated, despised, cursed — yet it lives. 

Condemned, by atheists — yet it lives. 

Scoffed at by scorners — yet it lives. 

Exaggerated by fanatics — yet it lives. 

Misconstrued and misstated — yet it lives. 

Ranted and raved about — yet it lives. 

Hs inspiration denied — yet it lives. 

Yet it lives — f(.s a lamip to our feet. 

Yet it lives — as a light to our path. 

Yet it lives — as the gate to heaven. 

Yet it lives — as a standard for childhood. 

Yet it lives — as a guide for youth. 

Yet it lives — as an inspiration for the matured. 

Yet it lives — as a comfort for the aged. 

Yet it lives — as food for the hungry. 

Yet it lives — as ivater for the thirsty 

Y-et it lives — as rest for the iveary. 

Yet it lives — as light for the heathen. 

Yet it lives — as salvation for the siniier. 

Yet it lives — as grace for the Christian. 

To know it is to love it. 

To love it is to accept it. 
To accept it nheans life eternal. 

— Selected 



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CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 2 

The Supplying of Need— Editorial— F. C. V 3 

With Jesus on the Day of Preparation — 

Rev. Delbert B. Flora 4 

The Sower and the Harvest — Rev. E. J. Beekley 6 

What Evangelism Has Taught Me This Year — 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 8 

Prayer Meeting Department 9 

White Gift Report 10 

With the Laymen 11 

Laid to Rest 12 

Christian Endeavor Topic for April 11th 13 

Our Children's Department 14 

Bulletin Board Suggestions 14 

News From Our Churches 14-16 



INTERESTING ITEMS 



BROTHER "ED" MILLER, PASTOR AT MAURERTOWN, 
VA., writes the editor as follows: 

"Things are going nicely with us here in spite of the worst 
winter weather on record. Attendance has been hurt at times 
with the bad going, and also government restrictions in driv- 
ing. But in the main the folks have been loyal and we are 
moving ahead. W'e have just given our church house a real 
going-over inside and expect to do the same outside as soon 
as the weather behaves itself. This was needed and owing 
to the fact that our District Conference meets here in June, 
the thing is being done perhaps a little ahead of schedule. 
And the whole job is being paid for right off the reel and 
no debt being contracted." 

Congratulations, Maurertown and Brother "Ed." 



WE NOTE FROM THE GOSHEN, INDIANA, BULLETIN 
that March 7th was the fifteenth Anniversary of the dedica- 
tion of the Beautiful and Comraodius church building in that 
place. Among those honored on that occasion were the late 
Rev. H. F. Stuckman, who was pastor at that time, and Mrs. 
Stuckman, who still resides in Goshen and is an active worker 
in the church. All members of the Building Committee were 
present. They are Mr. Sharpe, who lives in Noblesville, In- 
diana, at the present time, and Daniel Bechtel and Ephraim 
Gulp, both of Goshen. Also Alvin Stutsman of the Board of 
Trustees at that time is still active in the work of the church. 
Brother H. H. Rowsey is the pastor. 



THE LOUISVILLE, OHIO, BRETHREN CHURCH, of 
which Brother E. M. Riddle is the pastor, is conducting a 
Loyalty Campaign from March 7th to April 25th, covering 
the following points: 1. Attend Sunday School each week; 
2. Attend morning and evening worship services or mid-week 
service (2 out of 3) ; 3. Invite one non-church-goer each week; 
4. Read a portion of the Bible and pray each day; 5. Con- 
tribute to the church or benevolences each week; 6. Be punc- 
tual. The total adds up to 100 points and each member is re- 
sponsible for his own record. We will be glad to know how 
many 100% cards are turned in. 



BROTHER S. M. WHETSTONE, PASTOR OF OUR OAK- 
VILLE, INDIANA, CHURCH reports the completion of the 
installation of their new furnace and water pumping system 
in the church. They have had many obstacles in the way of 
priorities to overcome but at last they have met them. The 
bulletin also announces the Spring Communion date as of 
April 1st. 



QUOTED FROM THE CANTON, OHIO, BULLETIN 
handed to us by Dr. L. E. Lindower, Canton's pastor: 

"Canton and Louisville Brethren will have two weeks of 
Pre-Easter services. They will begin in Canton the week of 
April 11th, with Brother John Locke, and close in Louisville 
during the Pre-Easter week with Brother J. Ray Klingen- 
smith. We hereby invite Louisville to begin their meeting 
with us and Brother Locke, and we will finish ours with 
them." 

These two churches are only a matter of seven miles apart 
and the distance is no more than many of our members in 
the larger cities have to drive each Sunday. 



WE NOTE THAT BROTHER ANKRUM and family re- 
cently helped Brother Ankrum's father and mother celebrate 
their 54th Wedding Anniversary at Gratiot, Ohio. 




EDITORIALS 



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THE SUPPLYING OF NEED 

In reading proof for one of our Sunday School 
quarterlies a few weeks ago, I came across this ar- 
resting statement: 

"The next thing to having all you need is to have 
a way to get it." 

It set me to thinking, as all arresting statements 
should set one to thinking. Far too often we read 
without thinking, or think without examining. Too 
often we read or hear and then thoughtlessly re- 
peat what we read or hear without thought as to the 
consequences involved. 

But without thoughtful consideration of that 
which we hear or read or think, we are ofttimes led 
into false philosophies or false premises and as a re- 
sult we build our lives on false conclusions, or, at 
least follow false paths that lead us astray. To con- 
clude a thing is true just because we hear it repeated 
or i-ead it in books, is a dangerous process. For many 
authors and commentators write or speak with the 
deliberate purpose of forcing their opinions upon 
mankind, and are not averse to "stretching" a point 
or even the truth, to gain their "point." 

It is thus that false interpretations become the 
foundations upon which are built "sects" and "isms," 
as we know them, in contrast to the true religion of 
Jesus Christ. 

It is true there should be a fearless proclamation 
of the truth, but we must be sure that it is the truth 
that is proclaimed. 

Now it seems to be a far cry from that which we 
started out to write about, but it is not so far as we 
might think from the thought of "our needs." 

We are learning very rapidly the difference be- 
tween "needs" and "wants" just now. I may not 
have all my "wants" satisfied in this day of ration- 
ing, but the material "needs" of people will be met, 
for this is America. And we have faith in our coun- 
try's ability to meet the crisis that is before us. 

But we should be even more interested in spiritual 
"needs" at the present time than we are in the mate- 
rial. Let us return to our original statement, "The 
next thing to h-aving all you need is to have a ivay to 
get it." Of course we must give this statement a 
Christian connotation. It is not a restatement of the 
idea that is expressed in the old saying, "The world 
owes me a living and I will get it by Hook or Crook, 



regardless of what it entails." The manner of obtain- 
ing anything must, of course, be such that it carries 
a Christian ethical factor. The supplying of my 
"need" should not be the depriving of another of an 
equal "need." 

We ask ourselves, then, "If I have not all I need, 
how am I to find a way to get it?" 

We believe the answer lies in Paul's words, found 
in Philippians 4:19, where it says, "My God shall 
supply all of your need according to his riches in 
glory by Christ Jesus." 

The method has not changed through the years 
that have elapsed since these words were written. 
God has not changed. He is still willing to supply 
our need as we come to Him for it. But He always 
wants us to remember that He is the supplier and 
we are the recipients. That is the thing that we so 
often forget and our supplications become a sort of 
"give me, give me, give me" affair with no thought 
as to whether it is a mere "want" or a genuine 
"need." He never pledged Himself to supply all that 
we want. But we do have the answer to our question 
and all we have to do is to take advantage of it. 

And here is where the "thinking" comes in, and 
the place where it is wise to examine, not only our 
present methods, but our innermost desires. Our 
"wants" ought always correspond to our "needs." 

A thorough examination of our desires will reveal 
that more than half of our desires are selfish. We do 
not say that it is all wrong to want things. It is the 
wanting of things that spurs us on to greater activ- 
ity. But so many times that want becomes an ob- 
session which drives us on into paths that lead to 
destruction and the taking away of the higher aims 
and desires of life. 

It is dangerous to say the least, to place an em- 
phasis on self-satisfaction alone. For this spells the 
difference between the yielding to the plan of God 
to supply our needs and the purpose of self to obtain 
our wants. 

Where, then, can we go to get what we need? The 
answer is so self-evident that it scarcely needs re- 
statement. But nevertheless we here restate it. The 
place to obtain the satisfaction of our needs is found 
in the inexhaustible supply in the hands of Almighty 
God. It is ours for the asking. Why not take advan- 
tage of it? 

F. C. V. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




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With Jesus - - 

On the Day of Presentation 



"V' 




First of a series of Pre and Post Easter Messages 



/oM 11:55-12:16 

The raising of Lazarus had advanced the fame of 
Jesus to an unprecedented pitch. The worshippers 
who had gathered into Jerusalem for the Passover 
could hardly talk of anything else. They hoped that 
He would come to the feast and impatiently expected 
His appearance, apprehensive lest He should remain 
away as He had done the year before. "What do you 
think?" they asked each other as they stood in the 
temple court discussing the question of the hour, 
"that He will not come at all to the feast?" Soon 
their doubt was set at rest. Word was brought by 
the pilgrims who had accompanied Him from Jer- 
icho, and also by some who had gone out to Bethany 
to see the unheard of and wondrous sight of a man 
who had been raised from the dead, that He had ar- 
rived at Bethany and would come on to Jerusalem 
the next day. The information fanned the flame of 
the rulers' wrath and they determined to put Lazarus 
also to death. But it increased the enthusiasm of the 
crowds gathered. 

Jesus' last visit to Jerusalem was in fact and in 
purpose the crisis of His ministry, the goal toward 
which it had been directed. He came just this once 
more to make His final offers and claims before the 
Jewish nation. He was to offer Himself to the peo- 
ple of His race as their King and as their sacrificial 
Lamb of God. Beyond the bounds of the Jews, his 
claims would be made to all nations. 

The next day Jesus gave instructions to two of the 
disciples to go to a certain place where they would 
find His mount, a genuinely royal mount in that 
country. Kings rode to war on horses, but on peace- 
ful missions they rode asses. The colt was bi-ought 
and Jesus began His royal procession into Jerusa- 
lem. The story is familiar. Some people seem to think 
that this was a poor and extremely humble proces- 
sion that grew and wended its way down, across and 
up to the royal city. The Romans who watched may 
have laughed and thought it a procession of old 



By Rev. Delbert B. Flora 



clothes and broken trees, and so dismissed it as dis- 
tinctly plebian' and unimportant. But the Hebrew 
rulers did not look upon it with an attitude of mere 
contempt. They were strangely perturbed. They 
knew enough of their Scriptures to know that some 
very popular movement was on foot and that they 
might lose their authority. "All the city was stirred." 
"Who is this?" was a frequent question, not that 
they did not know whence this man came nor His 
name, but what is the significance of all this, just 
who is He ? It is not always sufficient to know a per- 
son's name and what is his home town. 

Jesus made His way through the city, slowly, and 
entered the temple courts amidst the shouts and Ho- 
sannas of the crowds. He had been willing to receive 
their accclamations and would not accede to His 
enemies who asked Him to silence His disciples in 
their praises which were of the nature reserved for 
the kings of Israel. Always befbre He refused 
plaudits of the crowds, once turning from the offer 
of kingship, but now He received applause. He had 
come to this temple, the Lord whom the Jews ex- 
pected would come, to offer and to proclaim Himself 
as the righteous King. But he was strangely silent, 
He alone, among this excited multitude, the marks 
of the tears He had shed for Jerusalem still on His 
cheek. It is not thus that an earthly king enters his 
city in triumph. He spoke not, but only looked round 
about on all things, as if to view the field on which 
He would suff'er and die, for in a few days many 
of those who had shouted and sung Hosannas would 
cry with all vehemence, "Crucify Him!" Then, as 
the shadows of evening were creeping over the hills, 
weary and sad, He once more returned with the 
Twelve to the shelter and rest of Bethany. 

He had made His royal offer. There were many of 
the rulers and teachers who understood that the 
drama of that day was based on Old Testament 
prophecies of the coming of their King, but they only 
thought and said, "Can any good thing come out of 
Nazareth?" They were prejudiced and blinded be- 



March 27, 1943 



cause they desired a worldly kingdom of political 
power and prestige and so interpreted their own 
Scriptures to accommodate their desires. On that 
fateful day the Passover lambs were being set aside 
for their four days of inspection before the slaughter 
to make certain there would be no blemish of any 
kind on them. The inspection was rigid. No lame- 
ness, no wart, no torn ear was to be allowed, no 
sign of lethargy, weakness or disease. All this was 
but typical of Jesus. 

When the Lord entered Jerusalem for this last and 
most critical visit, He offered Himself to the Israel- 
ite nation as their Passover Lamb, as well as their 
King. "The day in which He had thus virtually con- 
secrated Himself to Death, was that, by no chance 
coincidence, on which the paschal lamb was selected." 
(Geikie). During the four days previous to the cru- 
cifixion the eyes of many were upon the Lord to dis- 
cover any possible spot or blemish. And when the 
preparation was over He was led as a lamb to the 
slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is 
dumb, so He opened not His mouth. All the days of 
His public ministry, when so many times His ene- 
mies had attempted to silence Him and put Him out 
of circulation, when Satan had tried in various ways 
to weaken Him and discourage Him, were epitomized 
in those four days. The Sanhedrin formally chal- 
lenged His authority as an accredited teacher, a 
Rabbi. The Pharisees and Herodians tried to ensnare 
Him about paying tribute to the emperor of Rome. 
The Sadducees asked Him a puzzling question about 
the resurrection. A Pharisaical lawyer asked Him a 
legal question, "What commandment is first of all?" 
Over and over they looked Him over for weaknesses, 



but they could find no blemishes. "The prince of this 
world cometh, and hath nothing in Me" (John 14: 
30), no point of appliance whereon to fasten his at- 
tack. (Alford). He routed them on every hand, and 
then solemnly denounced the Scribes and Pharisees 
with the well known withering "woes." 

The final act in His consecration for the sacrifice 
was enacted when one of His own circle of disciples, 
Judas, went to His worst enemies by night and of- 
fered to sell Him to them, and a price was put on 
His head much in the manner of pricing a good, 
strong lamb which was full grown and in the prime 
of his strength. 

Thus did "Lord of lambs, the lowly ; 
King of saints, the holy" 
present Himself to His own people and all the peo- 
ple of the world. He still presents Himself at the 
gates of the lives of men. Will that gate be lifted 
for His entrance? He oflfers Himself at the door of 
the present day church. He knocks. (Rev. 3 :20) . Will 
the door be opened by some believing, thirsting 
members? He oflfers Himself at the gateways of the 
nations. His own nation received Him not. Will they 
give heed, or will they continue to plunge on hell 
bent for destruction? 

Have I made Jesus, the Lord, the King of my life ? 
Has He entrance and vital rule in every part of my 
life? It is not garments He wants, but your heart; 
not your willingness to rejoice in His light, but youi 
fixed immovable purpose to be His forever. 

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Jesus enters Jerusalem 



The Brethren Evangelist 




The Sower 



and 



The Harvest 



By Rev. E. J. Beekley 



^'BEHOLD, there went out a soiver to sotv." Mark 4:3. 



It MIGHT be difficult for us, particularly the 
younger generation, in this age of machinery when 
agriculture is conducted on such a large scale to catch 
anything of a romanceful setting of spring sowings 
as they used to be in those earlier days when Jesus 
walked through Galilee and Judaea. 

THEN the sower carried a seed satchel strapped 
over his shoulder into which he plunged his hand 
and scattered the seeds to the distributing winds. 
Though a solitary figure he was never quite alone, 
for hungry and hopeful birds were circling his head 
with eager eyes spying out the exposed seeds. Those 
who have had the good fortune to have spent a part 
of their lives on a small farm, though they have 
moved to great cities invariably suffer from spring 
nostalgia and long for the soul-refreshing view of 
skies that bend low over the soil, of flowing brooks, 
of leafing woods, of horses looking over fences and 
sowers going forth to sow. 

ONE SPRING morning Jesus, sighting a sower 
coming over the crest of the hill, and ever alert to 
discover some familiar and homely custom to which 
to liken the Kingdom of Heaven, pushed out from the 
shore in a boat and, turning about to face the crowd 
gathered on the shore, taught them the relation of 
the truth to the receptive and unreceptive hearts by 
the parable of the sower and the soils. Little did they 
think that they were listening to the world's great- 
est sower. 

THERE WENT out a sower to sow ! The ministry 
of Jesus was a mission of sowing. Everywhere he was 
confronted with shallow, thorny hard hearts; with 
poverty, punishment, desertions, denials, betrayals; 



but He went on courageously having little or noth- 
ing, not even a place to lay His head, teaching the 
reality of the abundant life ; strange indeed for there 
were no signs of a harvest anywhere. 

Solitary but satisfied he came to the end of the 
way, where on a rude cross, like any old criminal 
they nailed Him, and from that He viewed the field, 
and sure of the seed and some of the soil, said, "It is ' 
finished!" ■ ] '■ 'i -i»vi:|?l 

Finished? Nothing ever seemed more unfinished. 
But the will had been done and that cannot fail. And 
from the cross in a joyful and sorrowful drama He 
consummated His sowing, and sowed Himself to the 
earth only to become the first fruits of them that 
slept. Having proved the principle amongst the i 
heavenly things, who can now doubt the power and | 
fruition of God's truth disseminated in human hearts 
in this world? There are many definitions of faith 
cast in biblical, theological, poetical, ethical forms, 
but if you would see its portrait — Behold a sower. 

ALL PERSONS and powers that have to do with 
the making of life are essentially sowei's, and part- 
ners in a great trust. Religious experience may suf- 
fer from immaturity by high pressured methods of 
hastening the harvests. There is a noticeable impa- 
tience for visible and tangible results in these days, 
and we are erroneously measuring the religious life 
with great sums of money raised, multiplied physical 
equipment and statistics, all of which may mean NC 
INCREASE whatever. Attempts at hurrying result; 
with religious educJitional methods proves no mort 
successful. People don't get religion that way, noii 
is it acquired by curricula. No diploma ever was, o; ' 



March 27, 1943 



will be, a pass into the Kingdom of God. Christianity 
is a matter of the emotions of the heart responding 
to the gracious influence of the Holy Spirit who 
brings to the soil of the heart the seed, sunlight, air 
and rains invisible. And what more can the minis- 
ters of God do, but sow patiently and faithfully? The 
Kingdom of God cometh without observation and the 
statistician might well despair of getting anything 
like an adequate statement of crops in his reports. 

AMONG THE most effective sowers are the teach- 
ers. They, making their contacts in the plastic years, 
and that period of hero worship that we all pass 
through, have it in their power to enrich life in 
knowledge and moral culture by precept and exam- 
ple or to degrade it by sowing tares with the wheat. 

There is a strong tendency prevailing to utterly di- 
vorce moral responsibility from the educational pro- 
cesses, and to speak disparagingly of those institu- 
tions that declare religious and moral culture to be 
essential to the whole life as is proficiency in knowl- 
edge. The tendency is a logical deduction from the 
general, but mistaken, assumption that ignorance 
and illiteracy are the besetting sins of the age and 
their consequences responsible for national and in- 
dividual miseries and education is a panacea far all 
our woes. The fact, however, that the rate of illit- 
eracy was never as low as it is today and the num- 
ber of the college bred never as many, and the world 
as demoralized as ever with an increase of keen- 
witted, clever educated, gentlemen-sharp dealers and 
scoundreds who conduct their crimes on a large scale, 
has given the lie to this assumption, and confirmed 
the need of restraint and ethical and moral guidance 
in the formative period of life. 

The years spent in schools in many cases amount 
to one quarter of the whole length of our lives, which 
is both a preparation for life and life itself and cer- 
tainly morality, that chief business of mankind, can- 
not be safely set aside. It is a part of wisdom, before 
sending young children away from home to school, 
to remember that teachers are sowers, and to ascer- 
tain what sort they are and what sort of seed they 
sow. They can be a blessing or a menace to the stu- 
dent. 

A good teacher, one, who with knowledge imparts 
the spirit of his own high mind and invades us with 
his inner, noble ideal, is the gift of God. He centers 
a roiryxnce in the mind and although we may never 
see his face again, with every recollection of him we 
think of the words, "Behold there went out a sower 
to sow." 

Again the matter of spring sowing and culturing 
of life literally comes home to us all. There is no such 
thing as a good parent who is not a good sower ; nor 
a wise parent who has not religiously and laboriously 
attended to those early sowings. Those who let the 
season pass must be prepared to be shocked, if not 
sorrowed, by the disappointing harvest. It is too late 



then to "dig in" and "pull up," too late also to "heel 
in" some slips from the old plant. The verdict of all 
human experience is that early care, counsel and 
discipline bring forth the most satisfying results. 
The number of criminals under sixteen years of age 
reported by the F. B. I. is appalling, and the chief 
cause given by those who investigate, is lack of home 
training and degrading environment. Add to this 
that greater number who escape the criminal class, 
but do not escape the class of trouble and "problem" 
makers, and you have a disturbing situation. And 
it is well for those parents who neglect their own 
opportunity or ti'ansfer their responsibility to hire- 
lings because they do not wish to be bothered — and 
alas, there are such — to know that if they are not 
bothered in the beginning they are more likely to be 
LATER. 

When we consider life as a whole, we learn that in 
it moves one or the other dominating motive, that of 
a sower or that of a reaper, with the respective goals 
of service or selfishness. We have lately passed 
through a period ruled by mammon, when men were 
measured by what they possessed. Now we see that 
materialism in due time discloses its fallacy and im- 
poverishes the life it guaranteed to enrich. The 
alarming thing is not that this country has gone ofi" 
the golden standard, but rather that it went ofl" the 
"Golden Rule" years ago. 

Man does not live by bread alone ; nor does his life 
consist in the abundance of the things he possesses. 
Big business, the big pile of things, has been the 
theme, with Efficiency as the keyword. A word 
which one rarely hears in any other connection. Who 
ever thinks of efficiency in poetry and song? Or in 
achievement of joy, goodness, benevolence; the 
achievement of noble high thinking and pure feeling, 
free from meanness, covetousness and revenge; of 
responding to the beauties of God's world; of re- 
turning good for evil; of facing every tomorrow 
with courage, good cheer and trust; of regarding 
every man as another self and so serving him? 

This thing is sure — when the most successful reap- 
er has reaped a good portion of the world's power 
and wealth for himself, has ceased to exist, he ceases 
— but the sower of songs and service, of joy and 
kindness, of cheer and coui'age, will live though he 
die ; his songs will echo back to us ; his spirit, like 
balm-laden breezes from heaven, will blow upon us, 
and, reappearing again and again in the memory, 
will be the image of a sower going forth to sow. 

The fullest, happiest, richest life is attributed to 
Him who went about doing good. "Behold, there went 
out a sower to sow." 

West Alexandria, Ohio. 



"The man of the hour didn't get there in a min- 
ute." 



The Brethren Evangelist 




What E 



vangeiism nas i aug 

Dr. Charles A. Bcvme 



Has Tauqht Me This Y 



ear 



It is easy and natural for religious humans to find 
alibis for their lapses and failings. It has always 
been so and so it will perhaps always be — maybe just 
excuses. In Eden, Father Abraham started it; Moth- 
er Eve followed suit, and the race races after them. 
Sin is a terrible and realistic fact and escaped by 
none. The Devil helps the cold, unsanctified profes- 
sors of religion to find for themselves what seems 
to them, to be a reason for their plight. 

Never since the first temptation, has sin been put 
away far enough by God's people to save them from 
lapses, and the effect of its damning, palliating in- 
dulgence. Apathy is so human and natural ! But God's 
call is always "return to me and I will return unto 
you." Nor has any person or people ever returned 
who was not met — not half way — but all the way by 
a loving Father. 

Jacob at the well ; David after sinning with Bath 
Sheba; Israel always, after their relapses, found a 
forbearing God who not only forgave them, but 
nourished them and cherished them. It is according 
to his promises and his pi'omises are sure and his 
commandments are not grievous. He is a loving, for- 
giving Heavenly Parent. But the dying need to be 
revived ere they can walk and work. They can be 
revived. 

"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be 
glad for them; and the desert shall blossom as the 
rose . . . and rejoice even with joy and singing . . . 
your God . . . will come and save you." Isa. 35:1-4. 
"Tarry ye at Jerusalem until ye be endued with 
power from on high . . . And they worshipped him, 
and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: and were 
continually in the temple, praising and blessing 
God." Luke 24:49-53. That was the promise and the 
commandment ; the result was 3,000 added to the 
church at Pentecost, and 5,000 in a few days more. 
What a reward for prompt and unreserved obedi- 
ence! Only a few days before "they all forsook him 
and fled." 

Peter stirred the people who had fainted, deserted 
and disobeyed, and revivals came swift and victor- 
ious. Paul did not need to compete with the alibi of 
gas-rationing, and planted churches in the most un- 
toward places and cities. Philip evangelized and con- 
vei'ted the despised Samaritans and was miracu- 



lously carried across the desert to baptize a negro, 
so long ago, that one would never suspect that peo- 
ple of our day would strut and boast because the 
negro has a slightly better recognition and opportu- 
nity than he had in the days of slavery. The seven 
churches of Asia were monuments to someone's zeal 
and fervor for the Lord and we need no better teach- 
ing, no clearer illustrations than we have already, 
from the Word of God. We need more of the zest and 
fire that made revivals possible and only to look 
around us to see that churches that neglect and dis- 
card revivals famish, decline, become secularized or 
die. Personal contacts by our Lord revived the lead- 
ers but they, in turn, aroused and inspired the mul- 
titudes. 

Now that is quite an introduction for an editorial, 
but it seemed inspired as I looked but a few minutes 
in our Guide Book. But I do wish to look deep and 
critical into the Book of Life we are writing in this 
year A. D. 1943. 

Remembering that revivals are made imperative 
for the living church by coldness, worldliness, self- 
ishness, indifference and softness, all of which could 
well be characterized by one word, the ungodliness 
of its membership, we must find a way to rid it of 
these sinful traits. That way is the way of revival 
or a return to new zeal, fervor and consecration. It 
has always been so and so it shall remain as long as 
humans are as they are — weak, vacillating, sinful. 

All the while, Americans are earning more money 
than for a quarter of a century, which should be 
used to enhance the Lord's work, but revivals are 
voted out by churches on the slightest pretext when 
almost all obstacles could be removed if they were 
under the complete guidance of Almighty God. 

But the year's work has proven to me that revivals 
can be a blessing regardless of apparent hindrances. 
These can be overcome if we pay the price. Some 
have done it. Let us note the price both positively 
and negatively. 

1. Gas rationing has not prevented all revivals nor 
kept the zealous from attending every meeting sched- 
uled. It was a test to stop needless pleasure trips, but 
the Lord's work was at stake and came first with all 
such. I have not heard a single consecrated worker 
say, "I did not have enough gas," in any one of my 



March 27, 1943 



revivals. No, not one. Some places voted out revivals 
with that as an excuse, but where leaders led, no 
complaint was registered. They could when they 
would. 

2. Absence of boys in camp and in the service did 
hinder the largeness of the crowds some, but did not 
forestall a blessing to those who steamed ahead and 
tried to do the Lord's bidding. Of course it kept some 
of the girls away; because the youngsters go where 
each other go and the soldier boys were in camps. 

Indeed, I am quite sure that the present sweep of 
prayer and devotion among high and low is having 
a salutary effect generally. McArthur, giving praise 
and glory to Almighty God for victory ; Rickenbacker 
testifying to religious frailty, yet believing that the 
sea gull ("raven") lighting on his shoulder was a 
miracle; the President calling a prayer meeting in 
the White House ; letters coming back from our boys 
afar off pleading for remembrance of pastors, sweet- 
hearts, mothers and fathers ; the demand of soldiers 
and sailors for Bibles ; the special consecration serv- 
ices being conducted for our departing "boys" ven- 
turing unto the unknown and perplexing future, the 
WAVES, the WACS and other girls venturing into 
the unkno\vTi fields of danger and service for God 
and country, and pulling at the hearts of those of 
us left behind- — parents, pastors, lovers, relations 
and friends : if all this does not produce intense de- 
votion, revival and consecration, then we are lost to 
all that our forbears expected of us and bequeathed 
us, and we shall be as guilty of treason to God, them 
and country, and our churches will die of spiritual 
dry rot. 

3. The fostering of revivals has been and must 
remain the woi'k of our leaders. Revivals came 
through Moses, David, Isaiah and Amos; but they 
did not come through Jereboam, Ahab or Jehoiachim. 
They came for Peter, Paul, Barnabas, Apollos; but 
of six or seven of the Apostles we never hear after 
Pentecost. Please take a look at that. The work of 
some, imperishable; of others, no record. We lead 
or are forgotten. 

4. Revivals are more needed in times like this than 
any other. We cannot escape the glaring fact that 
the higher the aspiration or ideal, the more inspira- 
tion needed to attain it. Religious aims are the high- 
est and supremest of all goals and therefore more 
spiritual power needs to be obtained to attain them. 
The times demand more of us than of any generation 
of Americans : more of money, more of obedience 
and acquiescence to demands of the government; 
more sacrifices of earthly things. 

But we must not fail our Lord just because we 
have come upon hard days and trying times. We are 
always called to endure hardness as good soldiers 
of Jesus Christ and are told by Jesus himself that, 
"He that endureth to the end, the same shall be 
saved." Matt. 24:13. Was not this written for a time 



like this? Who among our Brethren dare say that 
we are not living in the End-Time? This much is so 
sure that none can deny, whatever his belief; we 
are over 1900 years nearer than when the Lord said, 
"If I go away, I will come again and receive you 
unto myself that where I am there ye may be also." 
We must carry on till He comes and revivals and 
evangelism are His methods of recruiting and sus- 
taining His people. We must evangelize or fail. We 
must endure in the Lord's work and His methods 
"to the end." 

"When Jesus comes to reward His servants, 
Whether it be noon or night, 

Faithful to Him will He find us watching. 
With our lamps all trimmed and bright?" 

Or shall our lights have gone out? 

— Carey, Ohio. 

PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Prayer Meeting Topics 

Lesson 18 
Subject: Great Tribulation Such As Never Before Known. 

1. A fearful time is coming for the world. The time of the 
end is foretold by our blessed Lord. The wholesale slaughter 
of men in war has taught the world to have no regard for 
human life. A time of awful distress is coming. Matthew 
24:21, 22; Daniel 12:1. 

2. That time will not come until after the church is caught 
away. The true church of the living God will not be in the 
Great Tribulation. Revelation 3:10. 

3. Jewish suffering will then be horrible. It will be espe- 
cially (Jacob's) Israel's trouble. Daniel 12:1-3; Matthew 24: 
1.5-18; Matthew 24:21, 22. 

4. The Great Tribulation will extend over the whole world. 
The greater part of the book of Revelation is taken up with 
a description of those terrible days. From chapter 6 to chap- 
ter 20 the book describes the Great Tribulation. 

5. The Great Tribulation is the Day of the Wrath of God. 
Revelation 6:12-17. 

6. God has another purpose in view, also. The Jews are 
not to see their Messiah until they are ready to say "Blessed 
is He that cometh in the name of the Lord." They are to be 
brought into the condition where they willingly acknowledge 
Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah through this great trou- 
ble. It will be a broken, humbled, grief-stricken Israel who 
will then discover the tragic mistake of the centuries. Zech- 
ariah 13:1. 

7. Read, in unison, Zechariah chapters 13 and 14. 

8. The Great Tribulation is the means of preparing the 
whole world for the inauguration of Christ's millennial king- 
dom. There are multitudes on earth who cannot possibly en- 
ter it. Matthew 13:41. 

9. Remember, it is possible to know Christ from antichrist. 
Matthew 24:22-31. 

10. The Lord has provided a way of escape, if you do it 
now. You can be saved now. Through faith in the atoning 
death of Christ. St. John 1:12; St. John 3:16; I John 1:7; St. 
John 3 :36. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



DR. W. I. DUKER 
President 

DR. L. E. LINDOWER 

Treasurer 



The National Sunday School Association 



of The Brethren Church 



REV. E. L. MILLER 
Vice President 

REV. N. V. LEATHERMAN 
General Secretary 



White Gift Offering Report 

To March 1, 1943. 

For the National Sunday School Association of the 
BRETHREN CHURCH 

This year, more than ever, the National Sunday School 
Association wishes to thank the churches for the splendid 
support of the work to which we have been entrusted. This 
fine increase in your gifts will challenge us to provide a bet- 
ter program than ever in the work of Sunday Schools and 
young people in the Church. Gifts of individuals of five dol- 
lars or more, which have been reported are included. If 
there is any question or correction for this report, be free 
with them. 



SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT 

Bethlehem, Va 

A Friend $ 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Dan Logan 10.00 

Mark A. Logan 10.00 

Cumberland, Md 

Hagerstown, Md 

Maurertown, Va 

Mount Olive, Va 

Oak Hill, W. Va 

Dr. C. H. Duncan 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Duncan 5.00 

Saint James, Md 

Washington, D. C 

Rev. & Mrs. Fairbanks $ 5.00 

R. J. Lyon 10.00 

A. W. Fields 4.00 

Jane Hosteller 5.00 

Frank Campbell 5.00 

R. R. Drummond 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Haliday 5.00 

Thos. A. Chappell 10.00 

Guy Tamkin 10.00 

Mrs. 0. L. Sams 4.00 

Rev. & Mrs. T. C. Lyon 5.00 

District Total 

PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 

Berlin 

Brush Valley 

Calvary, N. J 

Cameron, W. Va 

Johnstown (First ) 

A. B. Furry $ 5.00 

Johnstown (Second) 

Mr. and Mrs. Simmons 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Hostetler 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman 5.00 

Johnstown (Third) 

Masontown 

Mrs. J. W. King 10.00 

Dorcas Class 10.00 

Meyersdale 

W. M. S $ 49.00 

C. E. Bird 10.00 

Mrs. H. M. Cook 5.00 

. Mrs. Lottie Baldwin 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. M. Bird 10.00 



35.00 



19.65 
176.82 
32.25 
22.17 
16.00 

26.15 
78.00 



$ 406.04 



159.32 

20.87 

3.50 

7.40 

6.00 

33.59 



34.34 
75.03 



87.00 



Mr. & Mrs. H. F. Staub 5.00 

Mrs. James Long 5.00 

Mrs. Emma Fogle 10.00 

C. P. Baer 10.00 

Anna B. Walker 8.00 

Miriam Bird 6.00 

Mt. Olivet (Georgetown) Dela 

Mount Pleasant 

New Kensington 

Philadelphia (Third) 

(Designated for Camps) 

Pittsburgh 

Loval Womans Class $ 5.00 

Friendship Class 10.56 

Thos. Clark's Class 5.00 

G. M. Garland & Family 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Rishel 50.00 

Quiet Dell 

Raystown 

Sergeantsville, N. J 

Summit Mills 

Uniontown (Second) 

Valley (Jones Mills) 

Vandergrift 

B. F. Buzard $ 10.00 

Vinco 

Waynesboro, Pa 

Vera Laughlin $ 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ira Weaver 5.00 

Mrs. D. C. White 5.00 

Clark White, Jr 5.00 

White Dale (Terra Alta) W. Va 

District Total 

OHIO DISTRICT 

Ashland 

Bryan 

Miss Hazel Keiser (books) $ 5.00 

Canton 

Junior W. M. S $ 10.00 

Clayton 

Mr. & Mrs. H. S. Mikesell 12.50 

Dayton 

Lo Bre Lea Class 6.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Orin Queen 5.00 

Pathfinders Class 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Moist 5.00 

Mr. &Mrs. Carl E. Denlinger 5.00 

Elizabeth Hepner 5.00 

Mrs. Lillie M. Teeter 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Thurman Mitchell 5.00 

Edith Kem 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Yount 5.00 

Fairhaven 

Mrs. Delpha Martin & family 10.00 

Fairview (Washington C. H.) 

Mr. & Mrs. David Keegler 5.00 

Fremont 

Glenford 

Gratis 

W. M. S 10.00 

Rev. & Mrs. Meyer 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. M. Pottenger 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. A. Wikle 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. N. G. Kimrael 5.00 

Clayton P. Andrews, Jr 5.00 

Gretna 

(Homerville) 

L. L. Hummel 15.00 



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Louisville 

Mansfield 

Mount Zion (Log'an) 

New Lebanon 

North Georgeto\vn 

Pleasant Hill 

Rittman 

Mr. & Mrs. L V. Kime $ 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. 0. Frank 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Blatter 5.00 

Smithville 

Alice Ebersole 5.00 

C. A. King 5.00 

Clifford Mast 10.00 

John Rover 10.00 

Maude V. Rutt 20.00 

Wooster W. M. S 5.00 

West Alexandria 

Go-getter Class 10.00 

Leona K. Unger 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. C. Keplinger 5.00 

Ever-Faithful Class 5.00 

Williamstown 

District Total 

INDIANA DISTRICT 

Akron Cooperative 

Ardmore 

A. Glenn Carpenter $ 5.58 

Burlington 

Cambria 

Center Chapel 

Corinth 

Denver 

Dutchtown 

Elkhart 

Flora 

Goshen 

Gravelton 

Huntington 

Loree 

Mexico 

Jas. L. Kraning $ 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Balsbaugh 5.00 

Triangle Class 5.00 

Milf ord 

Muncie 

Nappanee 

Helen Shively $ 10.00 

Dr. & Mrs. M. D. Price 25.00 

Mrs. Hattie Cunningham 5.00 

Altruist S. S. Class 5.00 

North Liberty 

North Manchester 

Oakville ■ 

Roann 

Roanoke 

South Bend 

Tiosa 

Warsaw 

District Total 

CENTRAL DISTRICT 

Cerro Gordo, 111 

Lanark, 111 

Milledgeville, 111 

Altruist Class $ 12.00 

Welcome Class 12.55 

Loyal Daughters Class 10.00 

Mrs. Evelyn Hanna 5.00 

Men's Class 5.00 

Eveready Class 6.00 

Kum Join Us C^ass 12.00 

Christian Endeavor 4.50 



100.00 

11.00 

1.00 

158.78 

9.85 

20.80 

25.00 



125.52 



G4.77 



18.54 



$1,170.39 

$ 12.78 
90.00 

38.32 

3.50 

12.22 

11.75 

21.65 

8.50 

100.00 

51.50 

95.26 

11.00 

11.00 

23.75 

41.28 



25.00 
102.38 
120.00 



43.20 

125.00 

80.00 

61.44 

60.50 

60.77 

5.21 

2.00 

$1,218.01 

$ 14.38 
101. .30 
105.77 



Sam Livengood 5.00 

W. S. Bell 10.00 

Amanda & Alcie Livengood 10.00 

Waterloo, la 125.24 

District Total $ 346.69 

MID-WEST DISTRICT 

Carleton, Nebr $ 35.70 

District Conference 6.50 

Fort Scott, Kans 5.00 

Hamlin, Kans 39.24 

Morrill, Kans 4.85 

Portis, Kans 6.00 

Mrs. Lemon $ 5.00 

District Total $ 97.29 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

Lathrop $ 25.22 

Mrs. Emma Wolfe $ 5.00 

Manteca (Designated for Ashland Seminary) 18.12 

(Ventura) 20.00 

F. S. Beeghley $ 20.00 

District Total $ 63.34 

GRAND TOTAL $4,219.35 

Out of this Grand Total, $97.62 was designated for Ash- 
land Seminary, and $126.56 was designated for Young Peo- 
ple's Camps. These amounts are duly credited and will be ap- 
plied toward these items, as regularly stipulated in our 
budget. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
National Sunday School Association of the Brethren Church 

L. E. Lindower, Treasurer. 



^ With the Laymen ^ 

Prof. Allen R. Thompson, National President 
Carl E. Mohler, News Editor , -. 



NORTHERN INDIANA LAYMEN MEET 

On March 1st, the Northern Indiana Brethren 
Laymen met at the South Bend, Indiana, Church, 
with a roll call of 148 present from the following 
churches: Nappanee, New Paris, Milford, Goshen, 
Warsaw, Elkhart, Sydney, North Liberty, Ardmore, 
North Manchester, and South Bend. South Bend led 
in numbers with 43 present. 

After the ladies had served the men a fine supper, 
entertainment was furnished by a girls' se.xtet, ac- 
companied by Mrs. Riedel on the piano. Wm. Monroe 
led group singing and Wm. Yoder, President of the 
South Bend Laymen, presided over the meeting. 

Sam Sharpe, newly elected president of the entire 
group, conducted a business meeting during which 
it was announced that the next meeting would be 
held June 7th, probably at Elkhart. Bud Hunter, 
Treasurer of the State group, spoke on the work of 
the state organization and asked for more men to 
join at 25c per member. It was moved, seconded and 



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passed to take a collection for the state group. A col- 
lect'on of $32.70 was received. 

Brother Barber of South Bend introduced the 
speaker of the evening, Roland Obenchain, Attorney 
of South Bend, who spoke on "Ourselves and Our 
Posterity." He told of the establishment of this gov- 
ernment by men who planned for our posterity in 
giving the government powers to carry on, that pos- 
terity might profit. He told how Washington and his 
men sacrificed that our posterity might be provided 
for. He told of how we must sacrifice more than we 
are now if we are to carry on for our posterity. 

Before adjourning, the entire group stood and 
sang "Blest be the Tie that Binds." 

Dart K. Bemenderfer, Sec-Treas. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



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SOUTH BEND. INDIANA, LAYMEN 

The February meeting of the South Bend, Indi- 
ana, Laymen was held as a joint meeting of the Lay- 
men and the Woman's Missionary Society. A period 
of song opened the session. 

The ladies held their business meeting with Mrs. 
Wm. Meinke presiding. The minutes of the last meet- 
ing were read by the Secretary, Mrs. Wm. Yoder. 
Several committees gave report on their work. Mrs. 
Bruce Fisher, Chairman of the Tithing Committee, 
gave a talk on Tithing. Mrs. Fred Miller, Chairman 
of the Prayer Band and Home Altar Committee, gave 
a fine report. Mrs. Meinke announced that there 
would be a Pvally held at Ardmore on March 11, 1943. 

The men then held their business session. Wm. 
Yoder presided. The minutes of the last meeting were 
read by the Secretary, Gerald Gibbons. Some com- 
mittees gave reports and the meeting was turned 
over to the joint devotional committee. 

The devotions were opened by singing, "Let the 
Lower Lights Be Burning." The scripture lesson, I 
Cor. 4:1-11, was read by Lewlyn Swintz. Mr. Ernest 
Kreider gave a talk on "The Lord's Prayer," which 
was very interesting. Mrs. Don Kollar told the story 
of the song, "Take My Life and Let It Be," after 
which the group sang the song. Mrs. John Ulbricht 
read a poem, "One for Defense and One for the 
Lord." Mrs. Charles Colip read the Devotions. 

The meeting was closed by singing, "Fill Me Now." 
The benediction was given by the ladies. 

After the meeting sandwiches and coffee were 
served and a social hour was enjoyed. 

Lewlyn Swintz. 

"Service unto sacrifice is the way of love; but the 
sacrifice is as welcome as the service." 

Religion is intended for both worlds, and right liv- 
ing for this is the best preparation for the next. 
Character is decisive of destiny. — Tryon Edwards. 




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"We are all blind until we see 
That in the human plan, 

Nothing is worth the making, 
If it does not make the man. 

"Why build these cities glorious, 
If man unbuilded goes? 

In vain we build the world, 
Unless the builder also grows." 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Topics copyrighted by tha International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 



Topic for April 11, 1943 

"FINDING IN CHRIST A COMPANION" 

Scripture Lesson: Luke 24:15. 32; John 14:23 



For The Leader 

Finding in Christ a companion for the walks of life is in- 
deed one of the special privileges of Christians. To be able 
to have as a friend the One who is the Creater of all things 
is certainly a gem of high value. But how many Christians 
really realize just how much this means ? Through our topic 
this evening we want to come to a fuller understanding of 
what it means to have Christ as our companion. 

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION 

1. Just how close can Christ be to us as a companion? 

2. What must we do in order that Christ can be a daily 
companion of ours ? 

3. What things which we sometimes do can keep Christ 
from being the helpful Companion which we all need? 

4. How literally did Christ mean, "I am with you alway, 
even unto the end of the world?" 

DISCUSSION 

1. WE NEED CHRIST AS COMPANION. As the desert 
traveler needs an experienced guide to direct him across the 
markless sands with all its perilous dangers, so each young 
person needs Christ to guide his ways through life. With 
eternal destinies more or less close at hand, we need One 
who can be relied upon to make that destiny sure. Christ, the 
Son of the Eternal God is that Person. 

Youth is the time for us to accept Christ. Statistics prove 
that almost everyone who ever accepts Christ does so before 
they are twenty-one years of age. If we accept Christ as 
Savior of our souls, and make Him our constant daily Com- 
panion through our teen age and youth we will find Him a 
valuable Counselor in all the problems of life. We need but 
look at the lives of worldly youth to see what their own reck- 
lessness has brought upon them. Be sure of righteousness 
with Christ. 

2. CHRIST IS A FAITHFUL COMPANION. It is one of 
the tragedies of present day Christian religion that the com- 
panionship of Christ is so much taken for granted. We go 
day by day, and on Sundays. We say our prayers, and live 
as we should live. Yes, we know that Christ is with us, but 
as for realizing just how faithful our Christ is to us, is quite 
another matter. 

Let us picture it as a child would do: "Christ, the knowing 
Helper, going down the rough, varying pathway of daily liv- 
ing; a strong arm reaching down to us and grasping hold of 
our extended hand, leading us carefully around many dark 
pit-falls. Also showing us paths of service and duty, and 
giving us the encouragement to do what He has called us 
to do. Then when night comes, to pick us up in His arms 
and carry us through the night to the day beyond, which shall 
be filled with further glorious duties and "Christian pleas- 
ures." 



3. NOT BEING ASHAMED OF CHRIST. Religious fanat- 
ics have carried Christ on their shoulder as a fighter would 
carry the proverbial chip — daring anyone to knock it off'. 
Their attitude has brought shame to the name of Christ. The 
other danger is that we keep Christ buried too deep inside 
of us. So deep, in fact, that few people ever know Christ is 
there. However, between these two there is a happy medium. 

"Christ living in Me," in my work, my words, my deeds, 
my choice of companions and spare time activities, is that 
happy medium. If we cannot take Christ, by what we do and 
say, with us every place we go, then we are ashamed of Him. 
Peter could not take Christ with him when he was by the 
fireside with the fair ladies of the betrayal hour. If our lives 
are filled with stories, pictures, magazines, companions, with 
which we would be afraid to be seen personally by our Christ, 
then we are being ashamed of Christ. He is our true Com- 
panion. We owe it to Him and to ourselves to always do that 
which will not bring disrepute tf> His precious name. 

When young people, who have named Christ, engage in sin- 
ful living, then they are bringing shame to Christ. What 
Christ as Lord, go out and do the things which He has told 
must the world think if we who have professed belief in 
us not to do ? Such of us are the real hypocrites of the 
Church. Daily we need the help of Christ to guard ourselves 
against the danger of slipping from the paths of righteous- 
ness. 

4. CHRIST, THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE. In most 
minister's studys and in many Christian homes there hangs 
a beautiful conception of the head and face of our Lord. Under 
it are the words, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." 
This masterpiece shows the noble character, cleanness, vision, 
and determination of purpose which is so in keeping with 
that of our Lord. He is worthy of all adoration and worship 
by His followers, for He is Christ. There is no other way to 
eternal life but through Christ. There is no truth but that 
which is in Christ. And there is no life apart from Christ. So, 
if we would know the way to eternal life we must find it in 
Christ. 

In speaking with a man a few years ago we finally led 
up to the subject of Heaven, and the ways of getting there. 
According to his words, his conception of going to heaven 
was as many great railroads leading into a great city. It 
didn't matter what road you were on, they all led to the same 
place. A fine philosophy for those who would be ashamed to 
profess a gospel in which the main theme is Blood. Christ, in 
speaking of Himself as the "Way," further says, "No man 
Cometh unto the Father (in heaven) but by Me!" There is 
no argument of man which can get around those words. 

Though men, women, and young people are practically all 
hopeful of a fine paradise when they completed their assign- 
ment on earth, their many ways and religions bring them 
only to disappointment. Men and women try to make it so 
hard, when it can be so easy. Christ says, "Him that cometh 
unto me I will in no wise case out." If we come to Christ, 
confessing our sins, believing in Him as the Son of God, ac- 
cept Him, give up a life of sin, and make Him our Compan- 
ion, then we have done that which is necessary unto eternal 
life. Christ then becomes our constant guide and Companion. 



BIBLE QUIZ ON THE SUBJECT 

1. Was Christ attractive as a Companion to the people of 
His day? Matthew 8:1; Mark 5:1-6; Mark 5:21; Luke 9:37; 
John 12:32. 

2. What are some results of having the companionship of 
Christ? John 15:5; John 15:7; John 16:33; II Cor. 5:17; 

Phil. 3:9. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Oup Children's 
Department 

Mrs. Loretta Carritheps 
Superintendent 




Dear Children: 

One of the most interesting things which come to us in the 
springtime of the year is the seed catalog. You pick it up, 
and it is full of bright pictures of the flowers which you can 
grow if you send and buy the seed which the catalogue tells 
about. Here are roses — red and white and yellow. And here 
are sweet peas, pansies and heliotrope, and every sort of love- 
ly sweet-smelling pretty things. I should think that every 
boy and girl who had a little plot in the front yard, or the 
back yard, would want to be getting seed, and digging up 
the bed to put them in. Then, presently, all the. barren places 
would be beautiful, and the bare fences would be clambered 
over with vines, and the sweet smell of flowers would be all 
around the house. 

But this is not the only sort of seed catalogue, and there 
is another sort of flowers which are even better than those 
this tells about. If any one should ask you which sort of 
flowers you would rather have — some that come up in the 
spring and summer, and then die down when winter begins, 
or flowers that bloom and are sweet all through the year, 
you would surely say that you would like best the ones which 
kept sweet always. 

If you want that sort of flowers, where do you suppose you 
could find the book which tells you what the seed are? It is 
this book, here — this Bible of ours — and the seeds that are 
in it are the seeds of the lovely thoughts of God. We take 
out of it the things which it tells us, and plant its sayings 
in our hearts. And then after a while, the thoughts which 
have taken root there have grown up into flowers of what 
we say and what we do. 

Here are some of the seeds we can find there. "Little chil- 
dren love one another." Suppose we put that seed in our 
hearts and let it grow. Then instead of quarreling and un- 
kind words there would be cheerful smiles and friendly greet- 
ings, and a loving sort of way of treating everybody, so that 
there would be sweetness wherever we were. 

Then there is another sort of seed. "Be ye kind one to an- 
other." If that seed were planted in us, we should never 
be selfish not stingy with toys or candy or money, and not 
thoughtless to make a noise in the house where some one is 
sick, or slamming the doors when the baby is asleep. But we 
should be remembering other people, and careful to see what 
thing we can do and think for them. 

Then once more here is another seed, "Bear ye one an- 
other's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. A great many 
people go about the world with so much heavy work they have 
to do that they are like people with great weights on their 
backs to make them stoop, and make them very tired as they 
walk. When Jesus was on earth, He was always helping other 
people to bear their burdens, always making it easier for 
every one because He was by to help. If you and I get the 
seed of thought of Him in our heart, we should want to do 
as He did. We should be trying at home, and at school, and 
wherever else we are, to help other people who get so tired 
because they have so much to do. We should be thinking what 



we can do for our mothers, by not making needless work 
through our own carelessness, and how we can keep our 
rooms straight, so that some one else won't have to do it, 
and shovel oif the snow when nobody is there to do it. Every- 
where we are we can be helping those we love not to have a 
heavy load upon them, because we have reached up and taken 
hold of it ourselves. 

Then those who know us would look at us and think that 
we are like God's gardens, filled with the flowers which He 
has planted and made to grow, flowers which every day would 
be blooming in gentle, loving words, and kind and helpful 
deeds. And I think if fathers and mothers had to choose 
between flowers in yards and flowers in the hearts of their 
boys, and girls, they would choose the flowers in the hearts, 
and be glad that out of God's great seed book they had found 
His seed and planted it. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 

BULLETm BOAR© SUGGESTIOHS 

Supplied by Rev. E. J. Beekley 

1. The Grace of God beckons every human soul. 

2. Pray Daily — Read your Bible Daily — Attend your Church 
Loyally. 

3. Enter to Worship — Depart to Serve. 

4. Faith without Works is Laziness. 

5. How to Find Jesus: 

S-incerely 

E-arnestly 

A-ttentively 

R-epeatedly 

C-arefully 

H-onestly 

6. Eternal Life begins here — Now . 

7. Trying to live without the message of Christ is like trying 
to make bread without leaven. 



A stranger passing some mines in Pennsylvania, asked a 
little boy why the field was so full of mules. 

"These mules are workers in the mines during the week," 
replied the boy, "and are brought up into the light on Sun- 
day to keep them from going blind." 

The application is apparent. Do not allow yourself to be- 
come spiritually blind. Come to church on Sunday and let 
the light of God's Word shine into your heart. — Exchange. 




News From Our 
Churches 



A BRIEF VISIT WITH ELDER M. L. SANDS 

We have had some inquiry from our brethren with refer- 
ence to our Brother M. L. Sands. It was our pleasure and 
privilege to visit with him and Mrs. Sands this past week at 
their home in Denver, Indiana, where they have lived since 
he was compelled to discontinue his pastoral labors several 



March 27, 1943 



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years past because of illness. While he is not at all able to do 
any church work, he is able to get about the home a bit, is 
hopeful and cheerful, with all his mental powers as alert 
and active as in other days when he served the churches as 
pastor so acceptably and effectively. He keeps in touch with 
the church and all of its interests through the "Evangelist." 
He is still vitally interested in it and in all the Brethren as 
in other days. 

In this brief visit that I am reporting we were accompanied 
by our Brother Elder W. R. Deeter and Brother Wright Hen- 
drix both from the Burlington church, when, incidentally, we 
were attending the W. M. S. Rally being held at Denver. We 
did enjoy this season of fellowship and worship and prayer 
with these servants of God. We are certain that a word from 
friends and former parishioners would be appreciated, and 
that we might unitedly pray for his recovery. Address him at 
Denver, Indiana. 

C. C. Grisso. 



STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA 

The challenge which Christianity ever faces is intensified 
in these days of not only national, but international crisis, 
rhe struggle finds eternal souls in the balance — if the Chris- 
tian message is true. If it is not true — as many think — then 
there is much ado about nothing. It is up to the Church to 
manifest the truth of its message, not just preach it. This 
:alls for selfless sharing, not only of the message, but of all 
the good things which God gives those who are His. The 
world's unwillingness to share its God-given material gifts 
has led to the present world strife. Let us pray that the 
Church may have a larger, more generous vision of its oppor- 
tunity to show Christianity as well as to preach it. 

All churches have been and are affected by the intensified 
war effort. The general public attitude is one of non-interest 
in the Church, despite the frequently stated interest of the 
men in the armed forces in the Word of God. Certainly when 
we owe so much to God we ought to be more thoughtful of 
Him. Our own community has seen a population increase of 
about 20% since the rapid development of war industry. At 
a recent public gathering representing several of the city's 
churches not one person indicated, in response to the ques- 
tion put by one of the leading pastors of the city, that their 
Sunday School had experienced even as much as 10% in- 
crease in attendance. The fact is that even the most aggres- 
sive and best equipped schools of the city are scarcely holding 
their own. Many of them are lower in attendance than a year 
ago. One of our neighboring schools, with a sound message 
and an apparently aggressive program, has about half the 
attendance of two years ago. 

What has happened ? Possibly many things. A few days 
ago a prominent Christian Judge in the city remarked that 
it looked to him like Christianity was losing out. Can this be 
true? I am reluctant to admit it, and still hope that these 
specific things are only a part of present conditions and will 
pass with the changing of those conditions. Regardless of the 
loss of public confidence in denominationalism and in much 
organized Christianity, there is still the Unimpeachable 
Christ to preach and He still is powerful to save. 

We are thankful that our Stockton Church has been able 
to keep up its attendance on a fair level notwithstanding all 
things that have happened about us. That attendance has 
been mostly in the thirties, sometimes below, as frequently 
above. The spirit in the Church is the best ever, for which 
we thank the Lord. Removal for reasons of employment is 
taking another of our families, but usually the Lord raises 
up another instead. One of our young Sunday School ladies 
has left to join the WAACs. 



The church property is now entirely free of debt and that 
is a matter of real joy. While the plant is limited in capacity, 
we have had the pleasure of seeing it erected and paid for 
within two years of the time of erection. The writer himself 
spent weeks of effort with his own hands to help make this 
accomplishment possible. 

There is a long, long pull ahead for the Stockton Church 
before that day when it will be able to stand alone, but there 
are those whose vision of that day is undimmed. It has al- 
ready made an impress upon the community, and God will 
measure the results in His owti time and way. May His Name 
be honored in all things. 

Frank Gehman. 



BURLINGTON-CAMBRIA CIRCUIT, INDIANA 

Tuesday evening, March 2, 1943, has gone down as a most 
blessed and happy event in the history of the Burlington 
Brethren Church. The occasion was the dedication of a new 
baptistry built in the church parlors, at a cost of only one 
hundred dollars. 

Ten souls who had made the good confession some time 
previous received the baptismal rite, and were officially re- 
ceived into the churches, nine for Burlington, and one for 
Cambria. 

Rev. Bert Hodge, of Flora, and Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, of Vinco, 
Pa., who happened in our midst, assisted the writer in the 
service. The age of the applicants ranged from seven years 
to seventy-six. Everyone went through with the service in 
a splendid way, and were happy. 

This was one of the nicest occasions we have experienced 
in many years, and we hope that others will soon follow in a 
like manner. Of course we were happy and glad, but sorry 
that several others who should have been there were hindered 
by sickness and indifference. 

W. R. Deeter. 



CERRO GORDO, ILLINOIS 

Under the general heading "Talks For The Times," Dr. 
Charles A. Bame delivered a three week series of the most 
profound evangelistic sermons this community has had the 
privilege of listening to for many years, beginning with the 
morning service Sunday, February 7th. In spite of adverse 
weather, gas rationing, and illness in the community, attend- 
ance was good and interest excellent throughout the entire 
campaign, which closed Sunday evening, February 28th. Dele- 
gations from Milmine, Decatur, LaPlace, and Oakley attended, 
as well as the Womens' Federated Club, the Lions Club, and 
groups from the Methodist and Church of the Brethren. 

While we left it to our Lord to count results of the cam- 
paign, three were baptized the closing day of the meeting, 
and three more received baptism today, (Sunday) and doubt- 
less there will be as many more to come. We do know that 
immeasurable good has been accomplished, and the seed so%vn 
by Brother Bame wall bring forth fruit many days hence. It 
was indeed a great pleasure to have him and Sister Bame 
with us, and we heartily commend them to any church need- 
ing a good evangelist who is not afraid to proclaim the 
whole Gospel. They have won the approval and friendship 
of the Brethren here, and when they desire to return the 
latch string \vill be on the outside. We covet for them open- 
ings for new fields in evangelism, as they are ready and 
willing to give unstintingly of their time and talents. 

L. 0. McCartneysmith. 



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LANARK, ILLINOIS 

We are loath to admit that although things are more than 
looking up here in Lanark, we have not reported to our church 
paper for some time. 

Turning our thoughts back to the Thanksgiving season we 
recall a successful series of meetings under Dean Willis E. 
Ronk, of Ashland College and Seminary. Each of his lectures 
was a treasure in itself and the week of his stay here passed 
all too quickly for us. 

Then passing on to Christmas, we managed a miscellaneous 
program in spite of tire and gas rationing. 

Our redecorating is completed now with the painting done 
inside and outside. Everything is done in conservative taste 
and is a credit to those who made the decisions. 

Inside, the walls and ceiling are ivory, the ceiling a shade 
or two lighter than the sides. There is a narrow stenciled 
border of dark green and rust. 

The floor, after scraping and sanding, proved to be a beau- 
tiful hard maple, the like of which cannot be bought today. 
This was carefully refinished and strips of thick, deep green 
carpet laid in the aisles. The contrast of the dark green car- 
pet and the light maple floor is beautiful, the green repeat- 
ing the touch of green in the border of the walls. 



Then looking to the front of the auditorium one sees the 
rich silk flags, the stars and stripes on the left and the church 
flag on the right. Our church service flag, bearing twenty 
stars, is attached to the wall between the other two, and di- 
rectly behind the pulpit. 

This flag was presented to the church by the Berean Class 
from which most of the young men were taken. Their names 
are: 

Ward Frederick, Robert Hower, James Shoup, Edwin Pu- 
terbaugh, Donald Horner, Foster Gossard, Donald Clark, Al- 
fred Schaal, Raymond Strausser, Cecil Tallman, Verne Derrer, 
Reynold Derrer, Kenneth Buckwalter, Alvin Bartholomew, 
William Cain, Kenneth Fouke, Walter Garland, John Lynch, 
John Schaal, Stanley Schaal. 

A plaque bearing these names will soon appear in the 
church also. 

So you see our church in its newness. We are happy to 
report that all expenses were paid, before the work ever 
began. 

Reporting further, we mention that the church roll is in- 
creasing itself due to the fine services of Rev. and Mrs. Burn- 
worth. They have instilled in us a new interest in church work 
and the results are easily seen. 

Ruth Rahn, Church Correspondent. 




COMMUNICANT TOKEN 

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A7id as they were eating Jesus took bread, and 
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ples, and said, Take, eai; this is my body. 

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave 
it to them, saying. Drink ye all of it; 

For this is my blood of the new testament, 
ivhich is shed for many for the remission of sins. 
— Matt. 26:26-28. 



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Vol. LXV, No. 14 



April 3, 1943 



The Bridge-Builder 



All old man going a lone highway 

Came at the evening cold ajrid gray ' - " y 

To a chasm vast and deep and wide 

Through which was floiving a sidlen tide. 

The old man crossed in the twilight dim. 

The sullen strea^n had no /■ears for him; 

But he turned ivhen safe on the other side, 

And, built a bridge to span the tide. 

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near, 

"You are wasting strength with building here; 

Your journey will end with the .ending day. 

You never again must pass this way; 

You have crossed the cluisrn deep and. wide; 

Why build you the bridge at the eventide?" 

The builder lifted his old gray head: 

"Good, friend, in the path I have come," he said, 

"There folloiveth after me today 

A youth whose feet must pass this way. 

This chasm tliat lias been naught to me 

To that fair-Jiaired youth may a pitfall be; 

He too must cross in the twilight dim; 

Good friend, I am building the bridge for him-." 

— Will Allen Dromgoole in "Rare Old Chums." 



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CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 2 

Rock Foundations — Editorial — F. C. V 3 

With Jesus On The Day of Trial— Rev. Delbert B. Flora . . 4 

Then and Now 5 

Loving the Lord — A Lenten Meditation — Rev. E. L. Miller. . G 

Brethren Solidarity — Dr. lE. G. Mason 7 

We Emphasize Evangelism in April — Rev. H. H. Rowsey. . 9 

The Prayer Meeting Service— Rev. J. G. Dodds 10 

Animals In Your Garden — Dr. C. F. Yoder 11 

Our Children's Department 12 

Prayer Meeting Department 12 

"In The Beginning Was The Word"— 

Genevieve Anne Warner 13 

Christian Endeavor Topic for April 18 14 

Bulletin Board Suggestions 15 

Laid to Rest 15 

News From Our Churches 16 



INTERESTING ITEMS 

WORD FROM BROTHER JOHN F. LOCKE, pastor of the 
Bethlehem and Mount Olive, Virginia, Churches, tells us that 
at the last business meeting of the Mt. Olive Church he was 
called as pastor for another year. He also tells us that at 
that same business meeting a committee was appointed to 
consider the possibility of getting The Evangelist into all the 
homes of the congregation. 

This is fine in both counts. We have been wondering for 
some time who would be the next in line to enter the 100% 
list of churches receiving The Evangelist throughout the con- 
gregation. Maybe it will be the Mt. Olive Church. Time will 
tell. 



WE QUOTE FROM THE MASONTOWN, PA., BULLETIN 
of March 21st, with regard to the celebration of the 54th wed- 
ding anniversary of the parents of Brother Freeman Ankrum : 

"At the 54th wedding celebration of the pastor's father 
and mother at Gratiot, Ohio, on Sunday, March 14th, all ten 
children were at home. This is the first all have been at home 
together for 13 years. All told there were 48 people present. 
There are 24 grandchildren and six of them are in the service. 
Tliere are four great grandchildren." Brother Ankrum also 
reports that his father is 74 and his mother 76 and that on 
the Saturday morning previous to the anniversary celebration 
she milked six cows. 



WE RECEIVED A VERY NEAT PRE-EASXER announce- 
ment folder from Brother Vernon D. Grisso, pastor of the 
Dayton church, announcing the week of services previous to 
Easter. The entire week will be given over to the discussion 
of various phases of "Decisions." 

Remember this week, not alone for the Dayton Church, 
but for every church in the brotherhood which will hold sucli 
services. 



AMONG THE BULLETINS FROM BROTHER SMITH 
ROSE, pastor of the Roann, Indiana, Church, we find an an- 
nouncement of their Evangelistic services which will begin 
on Sunday, April 4th and close Sunday, April 18th. Brother 
Rose will act as his own evangelist. Holy Week services will 
also be held, and on Easter Sunday evening a cantata, "Re- 
demption's Song," will be presented by the choir. The night 
following Easter, April 26th, is reserved for the Communion 
service, which will be observed at 8:00 o'clock. 



WE HAVE A FINE SUGGESTION FROM BROTHER C. 
Y. GILMER, pastor of the Vinco, Pa., Church. It has been in 
our files for some time and has been overlooked as we 
searched for material for this column. But here it is now: 
Brother Gilmer starts his letter this way: "Enclosed find 
check for $5.00 for 50 copies of The Brethren Emphasis Les- 
sons. These lessons are being purchased by our local Lay- 
men's Association for the pastor to use as Brethren Tracts 
in personal work . . . Every Brethren home should have one 
of these for reference. To read the lessons carefully is to be 
convinced. They are good to place in the homes of prospec- 
tive members. To my mind, these lessons, while not intended 
for this purpose primarily, are the best thing in the way of 
Brethren tracts that we have." 

Of course, brethren, you see the point. Now we have a num- 
ber of copies of The Brethren Emphasis Lessons here at the 
Publishing House, and, while they are the property of The 
General Conference and all the proceeds go to the conference, 
we will be glad to send them to you. Send your order to the 
Publishing House, and we will do the rest. 




EDITORIALS 



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ROCK FOUNDATIONS 

More than twenty years ago, Roger Babson wrote 
the following words, words which have proven them- 
selves over and over again. 

"The future security of the United States lies in 
Christiaoiity. It matters not what our national re- 
sources are ; what our form of government is ; what 
our business ability; what our foreign trade; how 
great and many our dreadnaughts ; how thorough 
our educational system: these things cannot ensure 
national safety and perpetuity. The principles of 
Christianity are the only sure foundation for national 
security. The future of America rests not on Wall 
Street, but on Plymouth Rock." 

Coming, as they did, from the pen of one of the 
greatest economists of our age, who is more than a 
mere "economist" in that he is also a Christian, these 
words carry added weight. 

ROCKS 

Rocks can become both a boon and a menace. A 
boon when they become the base for foundations; 
a menace when they are hid beneath the waves of 
uncharted waters. They can become the source of 
great joy or rending sorrow. They can be the means 
of both building and destruction. 

PLYMOUTH ROCK 

The place that marks the spot of the landing of the 
Pilgrim Fathers is known to us by the endearing 
term of Plymouth Rock. It has, through the years, 
stood for something more than the mere marker of 
a landing place for a few men and women seeking 
a new land where they might find liberty, both ma- 
terial and spiritual. 

It was there that knees were bowed and the Christ 
confessed. It was there that thanks was given, not 
unto a heathen deity, but unto an all-wise and loving 
Father. It was there that the very foundation was 
laid upon which has been builded this great nation 
of ours — built not upon material resources, but upon 
spiritual confessions and experiences. It was there 
that the opportunity was opened to men to worship 
God according to the dictates of one's own conscience. 
But our forefathers never meant that such freedom 
should issue in a license to set up any kind of pagan 
and idolatrous and heathen religion that ignored the 
Supreme Ruler of the universe, Jehovah, Almighty 
God — our God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
No such thought ever entered their minds. They 
came to worship the Father and His Son. They built 
on that foundation. They had no other thought. They 



were Christians in a real sense. They were not mere 
religionists. For religion can mean anything to men, 
from man himself, exalted in his opinion to the posi- 
tion of deity, to the bowing low to idols of wood and 
stone. If "rocks" become idols, they become the place 
of destruction. 

ANOTHER ROCK 

Paul speaks of the "stone" which was rejected and 
which "became the head of the corner." Peter was 
called a "rock." He became the symbol of the stead- 
fastness of real Christian life and effort. His confes- 
sion was the "rock" foundation upon which Christ 
said He would build His Church. That foundation 
has never sunken nor will it ever sink, regardless of 
what man may say or what effort he may put foi'th 
to shake it. It is a "rock" that cleaves in twain the 
mountain at the time of Christ's second coming to the 
earth. All of the above mentioned "rocks" are signifi- 
cant of the strength of the whole Christian move- 
ment — imperishable in itself, and settled in its 
strength. ' " 

OUR HERITAGE 

It is such a heritage that our country has. It was 
founded upon this "rock foundation" principle. That 
it has often "by-passed" this principle in order to 
reach a secular objective, no one can deny. But the 
principle yet remains, and is still alive in millions of 
hearts in our country. It needs to be revived that the 
fires that are burning low may flame up with re- 
newed power. It is true that a simmering fire will 
eventually heat the water, but it takes a fervent heat 
to melt the metal. The hearts of men are not melted 
by a mere glowing fire ; they need the white heat of 
earnest endeavor and constant replenishing of fuel. 

Our heritage was "rock-foundationed," but we 
fear that too often the superstructure has been built 
"off" the foundation and out upon the near abyss, so 
treacherous and so dangerous. 

PRESENT SECURITY ' " 

This is a dangerous situation. Especially as we 
face the days following this war. If the building that 
follows is not erected upon the "rock" foundation 
that housed the original structure, it is doomed to 
failure, and we will but face another world catastro- 
phe such as engulfs us now. 

The church has a gi'ave responsibility in this post- 
war reconstruction and much effort needs to be put 
forth, not after a while, but NOW. 

F. C. V. 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Second of the series of Pre- and Post-Easter Messages 




"... Re must go unto J'erusalem, and suffer many 
things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, 
and he killed ..." Matt. 16 :21. 

"And they led Jesus aicay to the high 'priest; and 
ivith him were assembled all the chief priests and the 
elders and the scribes." Mark 14:53. 

He stood and looked and answered not a word. 
But, oh ! how deep He looked within my soul 
Past places where I had not looked for years. 
Such men as He and John would drive me mad ; 
And so He goes to Pilate . . . and His end ! 

— From "Herod Plans," William E. Brooks. 
I. HE WAS BOUND CRUELLY. 

Jesus ate the Last Supper with the disciples, then 
went to the Garden where He agonized alone while 
the disciples slept, saying, "If it be possible let this 
cup pass from Me — nevertheless, not my will, but 
Thine." When He had finished the Gethsemane expe- 
rience "the band and the captain and the officers of 
the Jews took Jesus, and bound Him, and led Him 
away. . . " John 18:12, 13. There is a tradition that 
His hands were bound behind His back so cruelly and 
tightly that the blood started from His finger tips, 
and then an iron collar was placed on His neck and 
He was led away. 

He was led away as the sheep to the slaughter and 
next day was bound and nailed to the cross. Some- 
times the Mosaic sacrifice was bound "with cords, 
even unto the horns of the altar." Also Abraham 
"bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar." 
Jesus was bound by the "determinate counsel and 



With Jesus 



on 



The Day of Trial 



By Rev. Delbert B. Flora 

foreknowledge of God" to take whatever the world 
should heap upon Him. Because, as He said, "I love 
the Father," and "Greater love hath no man than 
this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye 
are my friends," He had to endure the insults of the 
day and then die. 

The cords of His enemies cut deeply into His flesh 
and inflicted severest pain, but we may be certain 
that the binding done by His friends was the worst 
of all. We need not speak of the failures of His 
friends of then. Our concern is the way we bind Him 
now. We ai'e indifferent. We fall short in consecra- 
tion. How can He be free to work when we withhold 
possessions, talents, abilities and time through which 
and with which He must reach the world around us? 

II. HE WAS ACCUSED FALSELY. 

"Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the 
council, sought false witness against Jesus ..." 
Matt. 26:59. 

All the testimony was falsified and His own words 
were perverted before the Sanhedrin. They sought 
false witnesses but found none until "at last came 
two false witnesses." They spoke and others of the 
assembly then spoke, "but their witness agreed not 
together." Then they tried again and some said, "We 
heard Him say, I will destroy this temple that is 
made with hands, and within three days I will build 
another made without hands. But neither so did 
their witness agree together." Thus it always is with 
untruthful, perjured testimony. But they must do 
something, so illegally they made Him testify on 
oath. "Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" 
"I Am." Therefore, He is guilty of blasphemy. Be- 
for Pilate they pervei-ted all testimony so that they 



April 3, 1943 



accused Him of attempting to incite insurrection 
and to withhold payment of taxes to the Roman gov- 
ernment. 

Lies, perversion, acrimony, perfidy, everything 
but the truth which makes one free. But wait ! Think 
of all the little, low down, mean things that have 
been said and done in your own church. Someone 
cannot get his or her own way. Majority opinion and 
matters of right notwithstanding, there is a scene 
and tirade. Or, "Sh-h-h, did you know that -s-s-s-?" 
And, too, the world about us says untrue things 
about the church, the Lord's Body, but "the Gospel 
according to you" is the thing that counts. 

in. HE WAS CONDEMNED UNJUSTLY. 

The ruling body, the Sanhedrin, in the interests of 
justice and mercy, had a number of rules for con- 
ducting trial for capital offense. But long before the 
arrest of Jesus, agreement had been reached to put 
Him to death (John 11:53). Without trial He had 
already been condemned. It was a foregone conclu- 
sion, then, that rules of legal trial would be no de- 
terrent. Rules of justice and mercy? Let them pass. 
The end justifies the means ! The whole trial was a 
travesty on justice, and a mockery on all that was 
civilized and religious. The trial before Pilate may 
have been legal, from Roman standpoint, but the ac- 
cusation was perverted, and a little later Pilate 
showed that he was a judge afflicted with opportu- 
nism, and in his contempt said, "I wash my hands 
of all responsibility." 

Mockery in a mock court ! Mockery among His own 
race and among Gentiles; before Annas and Caia- 
phas; at the hands of the temple guards, Pilate's 
guard and Herod's guard. He is mocked now by those 
who profess to love Him and those who hate Him. 
Some profess Him as Lord but refuse His commands. 
They claim to be Christian but live unto the devil. 
Woe to all such ! 

IV. HE WAS DELIVERED IN ENVY FOR EXE- 
CUTION. 

"And when they had bound Him, they led Him 
away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate ..." Matt. 
27:2. 

"... he knew that the chief priests had delivered 
Him for envy." Mark 15:10. 

The priests, scribes and Pharisees hated Jesus 
with all the hatred of venomous men. They were 
afraid of Him because they were afraid of their po- 
sitions. They hated Him because He pointed out their 
sin and chicanery. Their hatred was vented upon 
Him in stripes and lies and spit and everything des- 
picable and contemptible they could debouch upon 
Him. 

The rulers hated Pilate, too, and would cause him 
all the trouble possible, the while making him a tool 
in their hands to rid themselves of this troublesome 



prophet from Nazareth. "If you do not take care of 
this fellow and put him out of the way, you are no 
friend of Caesar and you may be certain that he will 
hear about it! But, play ball with us and we will 
accept the blood-responsibility." 

Some strike Him in the face now by evil habits. 
Some mock and strike Him by not believing the Gos- 
pel and spurning His Blood. Some cut Him to the 
heart by cutting othei's with wicked, scathing, angry, 
searing words. Some show their hatred by mocking 
His church and people. 

"My sins laid open to the rod 

The back which from the law was free ; 
And the Eternal Son of God 

Received the stripes once due to me. 

"No beam was in His eye, nor mote. 

Nor laid to Him any blame; 
And yet His cheeks for me were smote — 

The cheeks that never blushed for shame." 

—Elkhart, Ind. 
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THEN— AND NOW!! 

We used to spend dollars and dollars for gaso- 
line ; now we spend pennies — and the difference goes 
to our church. 

We used to grow stooped and fat and lazy at the 
wheel of our cars ; now we keep straight and slim 
and ambitious as we walk to our church. 

We used to lose our religion at the other fellow's 
driving; now we come composed and serene and 
ready for worship in the finest church anywhere. 

We used to miss all the sights worth seeing along 
the way; now we see and enjoy our neighbors' flow- 
ers and God's out-of-doors along the road to church. 

We used to use our car to take us to the mountains 
and beaches on Sunday; now we have just enough 
gas to take us to church, and for the first time we 
are learning what we missed before. 

We used to kt our neighbors get to church as best 
they could; now we are growing more considerate 
and we stop to share our car with them. 

We used to say we didn't have time to read the 
church magazines, new books and our church school 
lessons; now it will be a happy experience to read 
the things we have always desired. 

We used to long for more home life, with happy 
evenings about the fire; now that dream has come 
true, and home will take on a new meaning. 

We user to go out of town on Sundays to find far 
away pleasures ; now we shall realize what it means 
to find our life centered in our church. — From The 
Christian Evangelist. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



LOVING THE LORD 




Using John 21 :16 as the basis for our meditation, 
we quote three words from that portion, "Lovest 
Thou Me?" In these few words the writer sees a 
Lenten thought worth considering. Being neither 
Eoman Catholic nor high church in our religious 
make-up, we yet feel that none of these with whom 
we do not agree on many things should get ahead of 
us in making full and proper preparation for the 
glorious Easter Day. Neither do we give way to them 
in showing respect and high regard for the cross of 
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We do not make 
an idol or fetish of the symbol of suffering and 
shame, but we would ever shout another "Hallelu- 
jah for the cross." So may we ask the indulgence 
of our readers as we make meditative preparation 
for the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord 
and rejoice in the promises made good in that vic- 
tory? 

We want first of all to consider the true feelings 
of a real Christian about Christ. A true Christian 
is not simply a baptized person, a church member, a 
respecter of religion, but he is one who has some 
definite relations toward Christ. He trusts Christ as 
his only hope of salvation. He hopes in Christ as the 
One who fulfills his expectations. And more yet, he 
follows Christ as his Example and the One who will 
lead him to heaven. And we never apologize for in- 
troducing other-worldliness in our preachments. 
Then above all, the real Christian loves Christ, has 
a personal attachment to Him, and has a delight in 
Him, in His will, in His success. Love, indeed, is the 
mainspring of all service to Christ. When the main- 
spring is broken the watch is rather useless, cannot 
render the service for which it was intended. And 
just so the heart, our mainspring, must be in order 
and enlisted before the hands can or will move. 

The true Christian says, "The love of Christ con- 
straineth me." And where this love is lacking there 
may be, indeed, excitement, enlistment, interest for 



a time, but hardly any patience in well-doing. It is 
love that is the secret of the Christian's persistence 
in well-doing. The soldier who has a genuine love 
for his commander or the cause for which he is strug- 
gling puts up the best fight. So the Christian soldier, 
truly loving his Master, makes the finest warrior of 
the cross. There may be, and usually is, a great dif- 
ference between the interest of a nurse, who, as a 
stranger, is employed to care for a sick child and 
the feelings and attention of the mother. It is lovs 
that constrains the mother and leads to the highest 
devotion. 

We must also note how this love to Christ makes 
itself known. If we love Him we will like to think 
about Him. It is an outstanding characteristic of 
love that it likes to think upon the the object of its 
love. This is constantly demonstrated among us. So a 
true Christian will not forget Christ — Christ's 
wishes — Christ's cause — Christ's honor. Love will 
bring often recurring thoughts to our Savior and 
attention to His will. Then if we love Hini we will 
be overjoyed to hear about Him. "How sweet the 
name of Jesus sounds in a believer's ear!" We do 
like to hear of those whom we love. 

Then, too, if we love Him we will be glad to read 
about Him. So the Bible, church papers and relig- 
ious material will be given attention, for they speak 
of Him. We always rejoice to receive a message from 
an absent child, husband, wife or friend. The letters 
from our absent boys in the service of the country 
are much welcomed. So the messages Christ sends 
will be the Christian's delight. Read His Word this 
Lenten season. You will IF you love Him. 

So we will also make every effort to please the 
Master if we love Him. Is that not a trait of true 
love? Those gifts on recurring wedding, birth or 
other anniversaries, of what do they speak? Indeed, 
love always considers what will gratify the loved 
one. If we love Him we will try to do the things 
he approves, and we will make full effort NOT to 
do the things He disapproves. And love does not 
murmur that Christ's requirements are strict. It is 
scarcely aware that they are. "His yoke is easy and 



April 3, 1943 



His burden is light." This is because of love, real, 
true, genuine love. And have we not delighted in 
icing the most difficult, almost unheard of things, 
for the object of our love? 

Indeed, if we love Him a train of fine things will 
follow. We will then also love His friends. Is that 
Qot a real trait of love ? We love our friends' friends. 
We will also be very careful of His good name and 
lonor, doing nothing that will cast I'eflection upon 
Him. And this is another unive